Was Nader Shah the most powerful monarch in the World?


Ad Honorem
Oct 2010
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Modern Conflict in the Greater Middle East: A Country-by-Country Guide

"Under its great ruler and military leader Nader Shah (1736-1747), Persia was arguably the world's most powerful empire"

How much is this true? Was Persia stronger than France for example?
None at all., Persian population about 9 million.

Gifted general, Well organised Armies,,Great record.

But in overall Size of Empire population/GDP or ability to project that power. No not the world;s most powerful empire. Not close.


Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
I would say that the most powerful monarch in the world in the reign of Nader Shah (1736-1747) was the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty empire who reigned from 17.5-1796.

Other powerful Asian monarchs were Muhammed Shah, the Mughal Padishah (r. 1719-1748), whose empire was much mightier than Persia but which was already declining - which Nader Shah's invasion greatly accelerated.- and Mahmud I, the Ottoman Padishan (reigned 1730-1754). So that would make Nader Shah about the fourth most powerful ruler in Asia in his time.