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A Brief History of India / Edition 2

A Brief History of India / Edition 2

by Judith E. Walsh
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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816083626
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Series: Facts on File Brief History Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 818,031
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     viii
List of Maps     ix
List of Tables     x
Acknowledgments     xi
Note on Photos     xii
Introduction     xiii
Land, Climate, and Prehistory     1
Caste, Kings, and the Hindu World Order (1000 B.C.-A.D. 700)     20
Turks, Afghans, and Mughals (600-1800)     59
The Jewel in the Crown (1757-1885)     89
Becoming Modern-the Colonial Way (1800-1900)     125
Toward Freedom (1885-1920)     153
Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement (1920-1948)     178
Constructing the Nation (1950-1991)     207
Bollywood and Beyond (1947-2004)     239
India at the Turn of the Century (1991-2004)     264
Basic Facts about India     285
Chronology     290
Bibliography     308
Suggested Reading     321
Index     331

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