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What is military labour? War, logistics, and the Mughals in early modern South Asia
Published in SAGE Publications Ltd
Volume: 28
Issue: 4
Pages: 736 - 754
The category of ‘military labour’ has traditionally been used to designate ‘combat labour’ – the labour of soldiers. Focusing on the case of early modern South Asia, the present essay argues that this equivalence is misplaced and that it is a product of a distorted view of war defined primarily in terms of combat. The essay discusses the roles played by the logistical workforce of Mughal armies in conducting military campaigns and facilitating imperial expansion. It calls for broadening the category of ‘military labour’ to include all types of labour rendered consciously towards the fulfilment of military objectives. © The Author(s) 2021.
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