The History of India

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - History - 223 pages

Descriptions of India are often woefully cliched. Foreigners may preserve old ideas of the exotic East, or reflect the preoccupations of Western media, or view India as a country of violence and disaster. Yet many Indians see their homeland as a modern industrial power, the world's largest democracy, and the country where an ancient civilization thrives alongside state-of-the-art computer technology. This accessible narrative account follows the entire path of Indian history from the Harrapans to today.

Readers will encounter the foundation of Buddhism, Hinduism, the Gupta dynasty, Muslim encounters in India, British rule, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and much more. A biographical section and an annotated bibliography add reference value to this up-to-date resource on the history of India.


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This book fails to mention the religious cleansing that took place leading up the partition and the mass migration following the partition where nearly 15 million migrated. A huge number of those migrating were killed, including women and children. Some estimate one million souls were lost during the religious cleansing and migration. This is an utter disgrace that this book fails to mention this. During the migration many were transported in trains, these trains made easy targets for the extremest of each religion. 700-800 people were slaughtered at a time on these trains. I cannot fathom how these horrendous events can be ignored in a history book. Unacceptable!
Here is a link to see the true cost of the partition. A documentary by bcc called The Day India Burned

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This is THE BEST book I have ever read of India! I simply hated to put it down. It took an American of Scottish descent to write such a wonderful book on a distant land. I am sure John has visited this mystical, baffling, enchanting land or else such a masterpiece could not have been put on paper! If there is only book about India you read or should own, this has got to be it.
Well done, John!

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The Settings
The Birth of India
Religion Trade and Conquest
The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Dynasty
A Century of Realignment
Indians and British Rule
The Struggle for Independence
Building the New India
The Fall of the NehruGandhi Dynasty
India Today
Notable People in the History of India
Mughal Emperors British Viceroys Prime Ministers of India
Bibliographic Essay

The Rise of the NehruGandhi Dynasty

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Page 223 - Professor of History at the University of Louisville and is the author of Sovereignty, Power, Control: Politics in the States of Western India, 1916-1947.

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JOHN MCLEOD is Associate Professor of History at the Universtiy of Louisville and is the author of Sovereignty, Power, Control: Politics in the States of Western India, 1916-1947.

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