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A "History of India" presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present. It emphasizes the structural pattern of Indian history rather than the chronology of events. The book seeks to explain the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent. A "History of India" presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present. It emphasizes the structural pattern of Indian history rather than the chronology of events. The book seeks to explain the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent.


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A "History of India" presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present. It emphasizes the structural pattern of Indian history rather than the chronology of events. The book seeks to explain the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent. A "History of India" presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present. It emphasizes the structural pattern of Indian history rather than the chronology of events. The book seeks to explain the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent.

30 review for A History of India

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roger Wood

    During 2009, my subject of study for the year was India - it's culture, history, economy. Please see link for more: http://bit.ly/RCWstuff This book was dry and flat, but extremely informative and useful. I'd recommend it to anyone look to have a very good summary of this amazing country. During 2009, my subject of study for the year was India - it's culture, history, economy. Please see link for more: http://bit.ly/RCWstuff This book was dry and flat, but extremely informative and useful. I'd recommend it to anyone look to have a very good summary of this amazing country.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    This is an excellent introduction to the complex cultures of India from Neolithic times to now. If that seems rather a broad chronological sweep, it is, which makes it rather an impressive achievement for two authors to have achieved. To have updated it over five editions and retain the usefulness of the writing is doubly impressive. Crossing many academic fields, this survey gives a good general idea of the sweep of Indian history in a readable and erudite text that was useful, certainly, to th This is an excellent introduction to the complex cultures of India from Neolithic times to now. If that seems rather a broad chronological sweep, it is, which makes it rather an impressive achievement for two authors to have achieved. To have updated it over five editions and retain the usefulness of the writing is doubly impressive. Crossing many academic fields, this survey gives a good general idea of the sweep of Indian history in a readable and erudite text that was useful, certainly, to this beginner. This is a topic to which I feel a special affinity, since my mother's side of the family were among the last generation of British presence in India, so I grew up with stories of those last days of the Raj as well of Gandhi in my ears. That probably led me to an interest in Roman contact with India in grad school, so I've had some familiarity with the history of India before this book. It was, however, a pleasure to get more detail and a broader picture. The authors demonstrate a strong understanding of the culture and, usually, maintain a balanced tone throughout. There is a tendency to favour the Congress in the post-independence narrative which gets increasingly political as we move closer to our era. However, that doesn't detract from the soundness of the discussion. This is an excellent introduction to the history and culture of India and well worth reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    Factually this is an excellent book. For me it suffered from a lack of engaging prose, and as someone who has difficulty putting down a book unfinished it lead in the later sections to me opening it in an attempt to finish rather than engage the subject matter. That said, it does present a wealth of information in a well synthesized and concise manner that should give the determined reader a more than adequate background, with the strength of the book being the discussion of earliest civilizatio Factually this is an excellent book. For me it suffered from a lack of engaging prose, and as someone who has difficulty putting down a book unfinished it lead in the later sections to me opening it in an attempt to finish rather than engage the subject matter. That said, it does present a wealth of information in a well synthesized and concise manner that should give the determined reader a more than adequate background, with the strength of the book being the discussion of earliest civilizations of the sub-continent up until the initial conquest by the British empire.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Who

    A merely servicable overview. On the positive side, it spans the entirety with especially useful analysis of the continuity of the early empires. On the negative side, the jump between authors from ancient to modern is jarring both in style and perspective. There's no discussion of domestic trends whatsoever and only the briefest discussion of administrative ones. Ancient India is a confusing blur with little attempt to organize. Both authors take it for granted that the reader has sufficient ba A merely servicable overview. On the positive side, it spans the entirety with especially useful analysis of the continuity of the early empires. On the negative side, the jump between authors from ancient to modern is jarring both in style and perspective. There's no discussion of domestic trends whatsoever and only the briefest discussion of administrative ones. Ancient India is a confusing blur with little attempt to organize. Both authors take it for granted that the reader has sufficient background to know the location of geography of Indian towns by name, and the book hardly mentions the atrocities of partition. Of value only in sketchig outlines

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jurkovich

    Good read to get organized for a major trip to the golden Triangle of Dehli, Agra and Jaipur, as well as a trip along the Ganges basin of Kolkata and Varanasi and Allahbad. Maps help. The ancient history (3000 yr BC) is fascinating, as is all of the invasions from the north and the the role of the Mughal empire and British raj in establishing "modern" Indian history --- and the political push by some to identify "real" Indians (simply a conservative ethnic cleansing misplaced idea) which this hi Good read to get organized for a major trip to the golden Triangle of Dehli, Agra and Jaipur, as well as a trip along the Ganges basin of Kolkata and Varanasi and Allahbad. Maps help. The ancient history (3000 yr BC) is fascinating, as is all of the invasions from the north and the the role of the Mughal empire and British raj in establishing "modern" Indian history --- and the political push by some to identify "real" Indians (simply a conservative ethnic cleansing misplaced idea) which this history identifies as fanciful and simply wrong.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anshuman Mishra

    A History of India takes the reader from Harappa to Rajiv Gandhi, stopping at all the good points in between. It follows the rise and fall of empires with the same assiduous detail as it describes ancient pottery or systems of royal administration. Nothing goes unappreciated in this sprawling, albeit dry, saga of civilization on the subcontinent. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. A History of India takes the reader from Harappa to Rajiv Gandhi, stopping at all the good points in between. It follows the rise and fall of empires with the same assiduous detail as it describes ancient pottery or systems of royal administration. Nothing goes unappreciated in this sprawling, albeit dry, saga of civilization on the subcontinent. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Enser

    This important history helped end my ignorance of the long and complex history of India.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saskia

    Has one of the best insights on the Kashmir conflict.

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Violand

    Something is lost in translation. These two eminent Indian historians are German. The problem is not with their scholarship but in rendering German into English. Little effort seems to be made. For the first 20 or so pages, I couldn't figure out what Ganga meant. Then it hit me: this means the Ganges River! These name problems are throughout the work. Syntax too is a struggle. There are maps in the back of the book that are irrelevant because they are too small to be read! Overall, the scholarsh Something is lost in translation. These two eminent Indian historians are German. The problem is not with their scholarship but in rendering German into English. Little effort seems to be made. For the first 20 or so pages, I couldn't figure out what Ganga meant. Then it hit me: this means the Ganges River! These name problems are throughout the work. Syntax too is a struggle. There are maps in the back of the book that are irrelevant because they are too small to be read! Overall, the scholarship may be tops, but it is too difficult a read to be recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Etonmess

    It is a very good synthesis about the origin behind its culture, its religion and how this has all united to make India, the country it is today. It also answers "how did the indus valley civilization vanish?" If read along with Midnight Children by Salman Rushdie, it may create an urgent desire to visit India. It is a very good synthesis about the origin behind its culture, its religion and how this has all united to make India, the country it is today. It also answers "how did the indus valley civilization vanish?" If read along with Midnight Children by Salman Rushdie, it may create an urgent desire to visit India.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaspal Rana

    Compact, crisp, and to the point. This book is highly factual and the authors have refrained from making an in depth analysis of many, if not most, issues concerning the Indian history, which is just as well.

  12. 5 out of 5

    RA Ratterman

    Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs. Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. Read for personal research - found this book's contents helpful and inspiring - number rating relates to the book's contribution to my needs.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    Dry and boring, though information is excellent. Would not re-read this book and donated it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ruru Ghoshal

    Dry, heavy on the facts, and highly empirical. Just the way I like it.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nitasha chauhan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anand

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arjun Budhraja

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sagnik Saha

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Klein

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barış

  22. 4 out of 5

    Inderjeet Mani

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alix

  24. 4 out of 5

    kranthi

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cora Jane

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shrishail

  27. 4 out of 5

    Vijay M.R.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rainer Weirauch

  30. 5 out of 5

    YKlein

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