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A Brief History of India, Second Edition
  • Trim Size: 6 X 9
  • ISBN-10: 0816081433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-8143-1
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $49.50
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 01/01/2011
  • Dewey Number: 954
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 432

Summary

Praise for the previous edition:
"...a well-written book and an excellent addition for all library collections."—American Reference Books Annual

"Recommended."—Choice

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.

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), India has had a long and fascinating history. However, while most people are familiar with certain parts of Indian history and culture, the roots of the country's contemporary society and politics are not always well understood in the West. Covering approximately 5,000 years of history, this revised resource offers an accessible, reliable introduction to the rich and diverse history of India.

Coverage includes:

  • Caste, Kings, and the Hindu World Order
  • Gandhi and the Nationalist movement
  • Constructing the Nation
  • Bollywood and Beyond
  • India in the Twenty-First Century.

Specifications

Black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Maps. Index. Bibliography. Suggested reading. Chronology. Basic facts. Sidebars. Tables.

About the Author(s)

Judith E. Walsh, Ph.D., obtained a doctorate in modern South Asian history from Columbia University and is currently a professor in the history and philosophy department at the State University of New York in Old Westbury. She has more than 30 years of experience writing, lecturing, and teaching courses on India and South Asia. She has also studied Sanskrit, Hindi, and Bengali and published a book of translations from 19th-century Bengali-language texts.

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