CONTENTS:- Vol.1: 712-1525: 1. The Muslim conquest. 2. Slave rulers. 3. Ala-ud-Din Khalji. 4. Muhammad Bin Tughluq. 5. Firoz Tughluq. 6. Sayyid dynasty. 7. Lodi dynasty. 8. The administration. 9. Architecture and literature. 10. Socio-economic condition. 11. Bhakti movement. 12. Sufism. 13. Vijyanagar. 14. Education and architecture. 15. Bahmani kingdom. Vol.2: 1526-1605: 1. Babur. 2. Humayun. 3. Sher Shah. 4. Akbar the Great. 5. The government. 6. Religious policy. 7. Mansabdari system. 8. Rajput policy. 9. Socio-economic life. 10. Literature and art. Index. Vol.3: 1606-1756: Preface. 1. Jahangir. 2. Shah Jahan. 3. Aurangzeb. 4. Judicial system. 5. Deccan policy. 6. The Marathas. 7. Maratha administration. 8. Last years of Aurangzeb. 9. India after 1707.
First volume of this set deals with the foundation of Muslim rule in India with conquest of Sind and Multan and subsequently of trans-Indus region. The last phase, however deals with the Bahmani Kingdom in the south of India. Thus, it gives a glimpse of the period from 712 A.D. to 1525, a year prior to the commencement of the Mughal rule in India in 1526 when the first battle of Panipat was fought. Second volume deals with the ascendancy of Babur as the Emperor of India in 1526 when he achieved success in the first battle of Panipat; the achievements of Humayun, Sher Shah and Akbar, the Great. The system of government, both at the centre and in the provinces, the relationship with Rajputs, army system, development of education, art and literature, and the socio-economic life have been vividly described. Third volume covers the period of the eminent Mughal Emperors who succeeded Akbar, the Great after 1605. Their rule lasted for about one and a half century and during this period they had to face much opposition from several regions of India. Numerous revolts were crushed by them. But these factors weakened their position in the long run. It is obvious that so long as Aurangzeb remained at the helm of affairs, the administrative machinery was geared up in a nice manner. But with his death in 1707, we find weak rulers on the throne who failed to strengthen their position on the throne. This factor afforded a better opportunity to the British to establish their supremacy in India.