A Brief History of India / Edition 2

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With nearly 1 billion citizens, India is the second most populous nation in the world. The country is 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. A fascinating juxtaposition of ancient and modern characterizes its society today: Indian entrepreneurs who immigrated to Silicon Valley have helped transform the computer industry in the United States, while women in rural India continue to be confronted by ancient practices such as ritual self-immolation (sati).

While most people are familiar with certain aspects of Indian history and culture, the roots of the country's contemporary society, conflicts, and politics are not always well understood in the West. Covering approximately 5,000 years of history, A Brief History of India offers an accessible, reliable introduction to the rich and diverse history of India from the prehistoric Indus Valley Civilization to today.

Coverage includes: Caste, Kings, and the Hindu World Order, Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement, Constructing the Nation, Bollywood and Beyond, India at the Turn of the Century. Basic facts, a chronology, a bibliography, and a list of suggested reading make up the appendices.

About the Author:
Judith E. Walsh is currently a professor in the History and Philosophy Department at The State University of New York College at Old Westbury

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816083626
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Brief History Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 677,479
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Land, climate, and prehistory 1
2 Caste, kings, and the Hindu world order (1000 B.C.-A.D. 700) 20
3 Turks, Afghans, and Mughals (600-1800) 59
4 The jewel in the crown (1757-1885) 89
5 Becoming modern - the colonial way (1800-1900) 125
6 Toward freedom (1885-1920) 153
7 Gandhi and the nationalist movement (1920-1948) 178
8 Constructing the nation (1950-1991) 207
9 Bollywood and beyond (1947-2004) 239
10 India at the turn of the century (1991-2004) 264
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