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's third edition of India provides a much-needed, concise overview of Indian history and culture. His new preface brings the book up to date, discussing the most recent national elections, the economic effects of the new globalization, and the consequences of joining the nuclear arms race.
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"To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."
About Stanley Wolpert
Stanley Wolpert is the author of fourteen books, including A New History of India, now in its seventh edition (2003), and Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi (2002). He has taught the history of India and Pakistan at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1958.
Table of Contents
Preface to the 1991 Edition Preface to the 1999 Edition Preface to the 2005 Edition 1. The Environment The River Heat Monsoon Rains Mountain Walls 2. Historic Prologues 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 The Future Notes Suggested Additional Reading Index
India by Stanley Wolpert
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