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CHS organises a seminar by Dr. Pratyay Nath

CHS organises a seminar by Dr. Pratyay Nath

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CHS 20th March 2024


Abstract:  How does periodization apply to the history of warfare? The present lecture explores this question for the Mughal Empire through four spheres of war-making – military adaptation, army organization, management of war, and culture of war. It argues that in all these areas, the Mughal warfare ushered in a new military paradigm in South Asia in the sixteenth century which should be seen as the hallmark of early modernity in military matters in this part of the world. It was largely different from the medieval military tendencies till the fifteenth century on the one hand and colonial modern forms of war since the mid-eighteenth century on the other.

Dr. Pratyay Nath is an Associate Professor of History at Ashoka University. He is the author of Climate of Conquest: War, Environment, and Empire in Mughal North India (OUP, 2019) and the co-editor of The Early Modern in South Asia: Querying Modernity, Periodization, and History (CUP, 2022). He is one of the editors of The Medieval History Journal. He writes in English and Bangla.


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Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.