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India

ISBN-10: 0520260325
ISBN-13: 9780520260320
Edition: 4th 2009
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Description: This new edition brings Stanley Wolpert's brilliantly succinct and accessible introduction to India completely up to date for a new generation of readers, travelers, and students. In crisp detail, Wolpert gives a panoramic overview of the continent  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 8/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 281
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

This new edition brings Stanley Wolpert's brilliantly succinct and accessible introduction to India completely up to date for a new generation of readers, travelers, and students. In crisp detail, Wolpert gives a panoramic overview of the continent on which the world's most fascinating ancient civilization gave birth to one of its most complex modern democratic nations. India now includes new sections on the country's current global economic development, the recent national elections, and on its international relations, including those with Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, and the United States, India's new strategic global partner. Praise for previous editions: "To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."-John Kenneth Galbraith "Wolpert understands India. . . . . Fluent, wide-ranging and often wise, this volume is a useful addition to a shelf of books on India."--Washington Post Book World "A superb distillation of a lifetime's learning by UCLA's great historian of India. Refreshingly concrete and detailed, [and] vibrantly written, Wolpert's overview repeatedly succeeds at explaining a culture that gave us little things like the decimal system, chess, cotton cloth, meditation, and two religions called Buddhism and Hinduism."--Philadelphia Inquirer "If one were to read a single book about India in a lifetime, this should be it."--Library Journal

Stanley Wolpertis the author of fourteen books, includingIndia,now in its fourth edition from UC Press,A New History of India,now in its eighth edition, andGandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi.He is Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Preface to the 2009 Edition
The Environment
The River
Heat
Monsoon Rains
Mountain Walls
Historical Prologue
Pre-Aryan Urbanization
Aryan Conquests and Emerging Synthesis
Ancient Imperial Unification and Its Limits
Islamic Conquests
Westernization and Modernization
Young India's Revolutions and Reforms
The Impact of Mahatma Gandhi
Religion and Philosophy
Yoga and Shaivism
Mother Goddess Worship
Nonviolent Buddhism and Jainism
Laws of Action and Reincarnation
Devotional Vaishnavism
Higher Hindu Philosophy
Islam in India
Sikhism
Modernist Religious Movements
Society
Caste and Class
Untouchability
The Family
Roles of Women
Village Life
The Urban Revolution
Arts and Sciences
Dance, Drama, and Music
Worship in Bronze and Stone
Caves, Temple and Regal Art, and Architecture
The Art of Literature
Scientific Contributions
Polity and Foreign Policy
Kingship and Democracy
Economic Planning and Development
Foreign Policy
Indo-U.S. Relations
Indo-Pak Relations
Sino-Indian Relations
Indo-Sri Lankan Relations
Afghanistan
The Future
Notes
Suggested Additional Reading
Index

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