A Brief History of India

Editor/Author Walsh, Judith E., Ph.D.
Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Facts On File

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-1-4381-3392-8
Category: History - World history
Image Count: 67
Book Status: Available
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Admired for its spiritual traditions (two of the world's major religions -- Hinduism and Buddhism -- originated here), for its peaceful struggle for independence led by Mohandas K. Gandhi, and for its vibrant culture (from Bollywood and spicy cuisine to classical music and world-renowned authors), India has had a long and fascinating history. However, while most people are familiar with certain parts of Indian history and culture, the roots of the country's contemporary society and politics are not always well understood in the West. Covering approximately 5,000 years of history, this revised resource offers an accessible, reliable introduction to the rich and diverse history of India.

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Table of Contents

  • List of Illustrations
  • List of Maps
  • List of Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Photos
  • Introduction
  • 1 Land, Climate, and Prehistory
  • 2 Caste, Kings, and the Hindu World Order (1000 b.c.e.-700 c.e.)
  • 3 Turks, Afghans, and Mughals (600-1800)
  • 4 The Jewel in the Crown (1757-1885)
  • 5 Becoming Modern–the Colonial Way (1800-1900)
  • 6 Toward Freedom (1885-1920)
  • 7 Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement (1920-1948)
  • 8 Constructing the Nation (1950-1996)
  • 9 Bollywood and Beyond (1947-2010)
  • 10 India in the Twenty-first Century (1996-2010)
  • Appendixes
  • 1 Basic Facts about India
  • 2 Chronology
  • 3 Bibliography
  • 4 Suggested Reading