A History of India

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 432 pages
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This fourth edition of A History of India presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present in a compact and readable survey. The authors examine the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the subcontinent. Providing an authoritative and detailed account, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund emphasize and analyze the structural pattern of Indian history.

The fourth edition of this highly accessible book brings the history of India up to date to consider, for example, the recent developments in the Kashmir conflict. Along with a new glossary, this edition also includes expanded discussions of the Mughal empire and the economic history of India.

  

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Utter Nonsense, Racist!!! A person who hardly knows anything about history!!.
Somebody who simply denies existence of Vikramaditya can never be called a historian but rather a fool. Cant believe how
does Vikrama Era means era of Azes, where the name itself is Vikrama, while Shaka era goes on to become Kanishka's while he not a Saka. Hilarious!! 

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I read page 59 in search of Mahapadmanada-which contains many deliberate falsehoods in racial styl history. Alexander has been called great because he looted and destroyed many countries-did not build anything. That could be sign of greatness in superior white race. Description of army of Mahapadmananda is in fact about army of Andhra kings by Pliny who has quoted Megasthenes. Andhra has been manipulated to Nanda as Andhra king description will clearly show Alexander at end of Andhra and start of Gupta period. Megasthenes has also translated Ghatotkacha as Barber, he was father of first Gupta king Chandragupta. These things are to be suppressed for deliberate destruction of history. Megasthenes has mentioned Palibothri on banks of Yamuna after which it passes through Mathura. It cannot be Pataliputra, but Dehali where Paribhadra (cantonment) was always maintained by kings of Pataliputra. Pillars at Palibothri have also been mentioned up to which Dionysus had come. Vishnu-dhvaj of sanskrit is translated as Pillar of Hercules in Greek (English) and Kutup-minar in Persian. But it can be explained only to a person who has some idea of astronomy and not merely trying to falsify history.-A.K. Upadhyay, <arunupadhyay30@yahoo.in>, www.scribd.com/Arunupadhyay  

Contents

History and the Environment
1
Early Civilisations of the Northwest
17
The Great Ancient Empires
50
The Regional Kingdoms of Early Medieval India
109
Religious Communities and Military Feudalism
162
The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empire
196
The Period of Colonial Rule
244
The Freedom Movement and the Partition of India
284
The Republic
325
Perspectives
369
Chronology
376
Bibliography and notes
385
Index
406
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Hermann Kulke is Professor of Asian History at the University of Kiel. His books include Kings and Cults: State Formation and Legitimation in India and Southeast Asia. Dietmar Rothermund is Professor and Head of History at the South Asian Institute, University of Heidelberg. His books include An Economic History of India and Mahatma Gandhi: An Essay in Political Biography.

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