India a Concise History
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The recovery of India's immense history owes much to Western and particularly British researches; yet attempts to compress it often concentrate on the brief Imperial period. This up-to-date survey treats the latter as merely the penuitimate chapter in a story that begins in the 3rd millennium BC with the Indus Valley civilization. The influx of pastoral nomads - first in a long series of invasions from the north established the Vedic religion, whose assimilation of popular cults and formalization in Sanskrit writing and social castes supplied the cohesion which subsequent events - the Moghul incursions, the British Empire, the rise of modern India - did little to change. The enduring distinctiveness of India, its often bewildering diversity of unity, emerges as a product of geographical simplicity and great historical complexity.
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Copyright year: 1974
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Size: 9.20" wide x 6.77" long x 0.51" tall
|Introduction: Unity and Diversity|
|The Roots: Men and Cities, the Coming of the Aryans, Gods, Kings and Sages|
|The Light of Asia: The Power of Ideas, the Rise of Magadha, Alexander on the Indus, the Mauryan Empire|
|The Heirs of Ashoka: Indo-Greeks and Scythians, the Kushan Prelude, the Imperial Guptas, Harsha of Kanauj|
|The Deccan and the South: The Trade Factor, the Andhra Supremacy, Regional Conflicts, the Expansive South, the Empire of the Cholas|
|The Impact of Islam: Arabs and Ghaznavids, the Feudal Scene in the North, the Turco-Afghan Paramountcy|
|Moghuls and Europeans: Christians and Spices, the First Four Moghuls, the New Arrivals, Aurangzeb and the Break-Up of the Moghul Empire, the Anglo-French Involvement|
|The British Period: The Path to Paramountcy, Reform and Revolt, the Victorian Zenith, the Tide of Nationalism|
|The new India: Freedom by Division, the Shape of Development, India in the World|
|India after Nehru: The Dynastic Succession, Into the Twenty-First Century|
|List of Illustrations|