The history of India is the engrossing story of an ancient civilization, reborn as a modern nation. More a continent than a single nation, India is home to over one-fifth of humanity, yet it remains a mystery to most non-Indians, barely appreciated and poorly understood. Stanley Wolpert'sIndia provides a much-needed, concise overview of Indian history and culture. His new preface brings the book up to date, discussing national elections, the economic effects of the new globalization, and the consequences of joining the nuclear arms race.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||Older Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
Stanley Wolpert is the author of fourteen books, including A New History of India, now in its fifth edition, and Nehru: A Tryst With Destiny. He has taught the History of India and Pakistan at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1958.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2009 Edition 1. The Environment The River Heat Monsoon Rains Mountain Walls 2. 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 3. 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 4. Society Caste and Class Untouchability The Family Roles of Women Village Life The Urban Revolution 5. 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 6. Polity and Foreign Policy Kingship and Democracy Economic Planning and Development Foreign Policy Indo-U.S. Relations Indo-Pak RelationsSino-Indian Relations Indo-Sri Lankan Relations Afghanistan The Future Notes Suggested Additional Reading Index
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