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A Brief History of India

Download A Brief History of India By Judith E. Walsh – As recently as the turn of the century, Western images of India pictured it as a land of religion, luxury, and desperate poverty holy men sitting cross-legged by the roadside, fat maharajas on bejeweled elephants, or poverty-stricken beggars picking garbage for scraps to eat. Now that image has started to change. Today Americans are more likely to imagine Indian workers in call centers taking jobs needed in the United States or kids winning fortunes on quiz shows as in Slumdog Millionaire.

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.

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Title Of The Book A Brief History of India
Author’s Name Judith E. Walsh
Publishers Judith E. Walsh
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Table Of Content:

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Note on Photos
Introduction
Land, Climate, and Prehistory
Caste, Kings, and the Hindu World Order (1000 B.C.-A.D. 700)
Turks, Afghans, and Mughals (600-1800)
The Jewel in the Crown (1757-1885)
Becoming Modern-the Colonial Way (1800-1900)
Toward Freedom (1885-1920)
Gandhi and the Nationalist Movement (1920-1948)
Constructing the Nation (1950-1991)
Bollywood and Beyond (1947-2004)
India at the Turn of the Century (1991-2004)
Appendixes
Basic Facts about India
Chronology
Bibliography
Suggested Reading
Index

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