Sample Thesis Paper
Samuel Huntington mentioned in his article ‘Clash of the Civilizations’, “It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future.” (The Nation, 2001) This is an exemplary piece of a timeless thought that Huntington shared with the rest of the world, claiming that most conflicts between societies are a result of cultural deflection. However, when put into perspective with regard to the great divide of the Indian subcontinent and the feisty Mughal regime, this particular thought does not yield any conspicuous evidence as such.
The Mughal regime, primarily known for its regal and decadent ways, was much sought after for economic gains. History has witnessed an invasive, almost brutal and probative entrance of the Europeans in the seventeenth century. While their initial attempts did not grant them any long-termed access to the subcontinent, their consistent efforts in trying to connive and convince the incompetent princes of the Mughal Imperialism became successful along the years. Their territory was ransacked by Europeans, either through direct invasions by the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British respectively, through their faux company; or through the notorious ‘Divide and Rule’ strategy deployed by the British to create internal conflict.