A History of India

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Palgrave Macmillan, Jun 21, 2011 - History - 400 pages
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This fresh and up-to-date interpretation of India's rich and extraordinary history, written by a leading authority in the field, explores themes in ancient, medieval and especially modern India. Peter Robb's accessible study analyses India's civilizations, empires and regions through the ages, and now also evaluates present-day developments and opportunities.

A History of India, Second Edition
• examines the relationships between politics, religious belief, social order, environment and economic change
• assesses, from c. 1860, British colonialism, Indian nationalism and nation-building, popular protest movements, religious revivals, and re-inventions of caste, community and gender
• discusses long-term economic development, the impact of global trade, and the origins of rural poverty
• has been revised in the light of the latest scholarship, and now features a Chronology as well as a fully reworked final chapter which brings the story up to the present day and carefully considers India's prospects and new roles in the world.

Centred around clearly expressed and well argued topics, issues and explanations, A History of India remains the ideal introduction for all those who wish to understand the drama and vitality of India's past, its present situation and its future challenges.
 

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although it includes some of the finest books on mughal history in its biography, it fails to make any use of them, the author has a strong anti-muslim bias, when he says hindus were removed from their imperial posts by the emperor Aurangzeb, when specialist historians like Satish Chandra and Athar Ali have stated the opposite in their much acclaimed path breaking analysis of Mughal history. It's surprising that this general history book appears to be the work of a professor who once was head of the dept. of history at SOAS, if i had not read who the author was, i would think that it was written by a RSS ideologue.  

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Contents

List of Maps
Some Vedic gods devas
Early India
Texts and dates
Mediaeval India
States and empires of early modern India
MughalMarathaBritish Indian polity
Mughal Turani nobles descended from Ghaziuddin Khan Firuz 8 Major rulers in India from 1772
Landholdings in two Indian villages
Landholding in a Punjab village I
Major Indian states GDP and income per capita population and GDP growth 19992006
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About the author (2011)

PETER ROBB is Research Professor in the History of India at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK. He has published widely on the history of India and South Asia.

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