India: The Definitive History / Edition 1

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Overview


D. R. SarDesai presents the history of India in its entire civilizational depth. Using an Indiacentric approach, (as opposed to the Eurocentric or Anglocentric) the book covers the process of change in India through the centuries affecting different segments of the society, including the subalterns. He deals with the sweep of traditional Indian history as well as with the post-independence events, judicially balancing narrative and analysis in the conceptual framework of postcolonial and postmodernist approaches. This is the first major survey which deals with the entire Indian history along the lines of tradition and modernity instead of the old and largely inapplicable divisions of ancient, medieval and modern time frames. In adopting such a periodization, the book supports what is followed by most instructors in their courses on India.
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“This comprehensive history of India does it all, covering geography, religion, politics, economics, times of Mughal rule and British colonialism, as well a chronicle of India since independence up to the present. SarDesai has created an indispensable resource for understanding the complexity of India, past, present, and future.”
—Christopher Key Chapple, Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

“SarDesai offers a comprehensive history of India based on a lifetime of intimate and deep study … An authoritative guide backed by SarDesai’s deep and exhaustive knowledge of the sources … the volume’s great strength is its comprehensiveness, its readability, and … it goes the extra step of explaining concepts and terms that make it a very valuable guide to those coming to this rich subject for the first time … This book is the most sophisticated and erudite history of India penned by an Indian scholar.”
—Roger D. Long, Professor of History, Eastern Michigan University

"This book is not just a history of India – although quite comprehensive in coverage of that subject – from one scholar’s point of view. Nor is it just a chronology of events like most other books on Indian history. It is much more. . . . If you want to read a good book about India, not just about its past . . . but also its present and future, I urge you to get a copy of this book and read it." —BIZ INDIA Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343525
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


D. R. SarDesai is former Chairperson of South and Southeast Asian Studies and the first holder of the Doshi Chair in Indian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Southeast Asia: Past and Present 5th Edition (Westview Press, 2003). He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yadunandan Center for India Studies for his caring and distinguished work in South and Southeast Asian studies.
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