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After more than twenty-five years in print, A New History of India continues to be the most accessible and popular one-volume history of India available. Stanley Wolpert has condensed more than 4,000 years of India's history into a graceful and engaging text. He discusses modern India's rapidly growing population, industry, and economy, and also considers the prospects for After more than twenty-five years in print, A New History of India continues to be the most accessible and popular one-volume history of India available. Stanley Wolpert has condensed more than 4,000 years of India's history into a graceful and engaging text. He discusses modern India's rapidly growing population, industry, and economy, and also considers the prospects for India's future. Wolpert strives to record India's history fairly and truthfully, portraying the brightest achievements of Indian civilization as well as its persistent social inequities and its economic and political corruption. Now entirely redesigned, A New History of India, 7/e, includes photographs for the first time, a full-color map of India and the surrounding area, updated bibliographic material, and a revised final chapter reflecting the significant social, political, and economic issues that have arisen since the year 2000.


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After more than twenty-five years in print, A New History of India continues to be the most accessible and popular one-volume history of India available. Stanley Wolpert has condensed more than 4,000 years of India's history into a graceful and engaging text. He discusses modern India's rapidly growing population, industry, and economy, and also considers the prospects for After more than twenty-five years in print, A New History of India continues to be the most accessible and popular one-volume history of India available. Stanley Wolpert has condensed more than 4,000 years of India's history into a graceful and engaging text. He discusses modern India's rapidly growing population, industry, and economy, and also considers the prospects for India's future. Wolpert strives to record India's history fairly and truthfully, portraying the brightest achievements of Indian civilization as well as its persistent social inequities and its economic and political corruption. Now entirely redesigned, A New History of India, 7/e, includes photographs for the first time, a full-color map of India and the surrounding area, updated bibliographic material, and a revised final chapter reflecting the significant social, political, and economic issues that have arisen since the year 2000.

30 review for A New History of India

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Come, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of prime ministers. The sixth edition of A New History of India gives a chiefly political, mostly modern history of one of the world's most ancient civilizations, and consists mostly of fighting and politics (which is like fighting, and often leads to it). I found Jawaharlal Nehru's running commentary on India in Glimpses of World History far more useful for appreciating pre-modern India, but that work has the limitation of havin Come, let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of prime ministers. The sixth edition of A New History of India gives a chiefly political, mostly modern history of one of the world's most ancient civilizations, and consists mostly of fighting and politics (which is like fighting, and often leads to it). I found Jawaharlal Nehru's running commentary on India in Glimpses of World History far more useful for appreciating pre-modern India, but that work has the limitation of having been completed in the late 1930s.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul D. Miller

    An accessible, readable general overview of Indian history from the dawn of civilization to the current day. The books aims high and almost delivers. It is a little uneven, giving a bit too much detail of the wheeling and deeling of party politics in the modern era. The writing veers back and forth between poetic and mundane. But it was comprehensive and I certainly learned much from reading it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chandler

    This book is a brillant overview of India--religion, society, politics, history, etc. So well written, it is a joy to read and reread. Some parts are a bit "tongue in cheek" and added levity to the subject. An excellent birds eye view of a great country.... This book is a brillant overview of India--religion, society, politics, history, etc. So well written, it is a joy to read and reread. Some parts are a bit "tongue in cheek" and added levity to the subject. An excellent birds eye view of a great country....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Waleed Cheema

    its a very good book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    An introductory history of India. About 25% covers prehistory through ~1600. Much of the information here is about the development of different religions. Wolpert is not very clear whether the arrival of the Aryans was an invasion, conquest, or migration. He uses terms like 'Aryan invasion' and 'Aryan conquest' most of the time, but says at the beginning of one chapter that it was more of a gradual assimilation. So why call it a conquest or invasion? Another 25% covers the European trading/coloni An introductory history of India. About 25% covers prehistory through ~1600. Much of the information here is about the development of different religions. Wolpert is not very clear whether the arrival of the Aryans was an invasion, conquest, or migration. He uses terms like 'Aryan invasion' and 'Aryan conquest' most of the time, but says at the beginning of one chapter that it was more of a gradual assimilation. So why call it a conquest or invasion? Another 25% covers the European trading/colonial period. This seems to be as much about the British as it is about Indians. Roughly 20% covers the independence movement from the late 1800s through World War II. Much of the information in these two sections focuses on politics and diplomacy (or lack thereof). The last 30% covers independent India and a little bit about Pakistan where it's necessary in order to explain the political maneuvering. Most of this deals with economics and politics. These chapters have obviously been reworked as new editions come out, to bring the book up to date. However, it's not clear how consistently the chapters have been updated. For example, when Wolpert says something hasn't happened 'yet', does that mean through 1977, sometime in the 1980s, sometime in the 1990s, or 2004? Also, this section seems rather partisan or opinionated for a history text (though not as opinionated as the preface).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Stanley Wolpert delivers one of the most concise yet thorough accounts of Indian history to date. He does an excellent job of looking at the development of the subcontinent from the days of BC to the modern Tamil and Pakistani conflicts afflicting the nation today. I read this book to get a background on India as a whole and was not disappointed in its quality. It goes into enough detail to understand the story of how India developed as a country with excellent references on where to get more in Stanley Wolpert delivers one of the most concise yet thorough accounts of Indian history to date. He does an excellent job of looking at the development of the subcontinent from the days of BC to the modern Tamil and Pakistani conflicts afflicting the nation today. I read this book to get a background on India as a whole and was not disappointed in its quality. It goes into enough detail to understand the story of how India developed as a country with excellent references on where to get more information. Whether you are looking for a basic textbook of India or an introduction to a study for further use this is a great place to start. From a historical standpoint it is very difficult to write a great survey book but this delivers on every possible expectation for a survey. For those who have knowledge on this subject they may find this book maddeningly frustrating or subject to bias and revisionism however from a novice standpoint I do not see much evidence of that. The citations clearly point to sources where ideas come from and they can be verified through independent reading. Highly recommend for those wanting to learn more about India and how it developed as a nation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Namrirru

    Interesting as far as histories go, but its layout and organization are not so great. With the amount of information that's presented, the chapters should have been divided into different sections (economics, politics, religion etc.) like a textbook as opposed to the winding prose of a popular history book. And the text can be a bit lumpy. He goes into great detail on somethings but glides over others. So the pace is very stop-and-go. I haven't finished it yet, but I will eventually. It's just n Interesting as far as histories go, but its layout and organization are not so great. With the amount of information that's presented, the chapters should have been divided into different sections (economics, politics, religion etc.) like a textbook as opposed to the winding prose of a popular history book. And the text can be a bit lumpy. He goes into great detail on somethings but glides over others. So the pace is very stop-and-go. I haven't finished it yet, but I will eventually. It's just not one of those books you can read cover to cover.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    If you want a thorough and concise history of India, read this book. I had to read this for college and enjoyed it considerably. The book reviews approximately 4,000 years of India's history through to--almost--the current day. If you want a thorough and concise history of India, read this book. I had to read this for college and enjoyed it considerably. The book reviews approximately 4,000 years of India's history through to--almost--the current day.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Hinsley

    Crammed, but especially good at the beginning and at the end. great intro to such a rich subject. Wonderful historical geography.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Educational, for me, but of inconsistent focus and writing quality.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dora

    Dry but informative

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    I haven't read a ton on Indian history, but I am betting there are better books than this one - which wasn't a great read. I haven't read a ton on Indian history, but I am betting there are better books than this one - which wasn't a great read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    A nice overview for the non-specialist.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tony Fidanza

  16. 5 out of 5

    Waris Abro

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amitava Mazumdar

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nate

  19. 4 out of 5

    Miki

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay Dinsmore

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ajay

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elle

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shalabh Prasad

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sue Leuschke

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elisabetta

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Skill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Irteza Binte-farid

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kavita Ginty

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kaƛyap

  30. 5 out of 5

    Junaid Ahmad

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