A Brief History of India

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 11, 2003 - History - 384 pages
Daniélou's powerful rebuttal to the conventional view of India's history, which calls for a massive reevaluation of the history of humanity

• Explores historical occurrences from each major time period starting with the first appearance of man 30,000 years ago

• Couples the clarity and perspective of an outsider with the unique and specific knowledge of an insider

• By the internationally recognized Hindu scholar and translator of The Complete Kama Sutra (200,000 copies sold)

Alain Daniélou approaches the history of India from a new perspective--as a sympathetic outsider, yet one who understands the deepest workings of the culture. Because the history of India covers such a long span of time, rather than try to create an exhaustive chronology of dates and events, Daniélou instead focuses on enduring institutions that remain constant despite the ephemeral historical events that occur. His selections, synthesis, and narration create a thoroughly engaging and readable journey through time, with a level of detail and comprehensiveness that is truly a marvel.

Because of the continuity of its civilization, its unique social system, and the tremendous diversity of cultures, races, languages, and religions that exist in its vast territory, India is like a history museum. Its diverse groups maintained their separate identities and never fully supplanted the culture and knowledge of their predecessors. Even today one may encounter in India primitive Stone Age people whose technology has remained at what is considered prehistoric levels. Thus Daniélou's examination of India reveals not only the diversity and historical events and trends of that country, but also the history of all mankind. Through Daniélou's history of India we learn from whence we came, what we have discovered over the years in the fields of science, arts, technology, social structures, religions, and philosophical concepts, and what the future may hold for us.
 

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A brief history need not be superficial, as this work shows. In seven parts, Danielou (author of over 30 books about India as well as translator of The Complete Kama Sutra) concisely ranges over seven ... Read full review

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Contents

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The Dravidians
The Aryans
The Aryans
CHAPTER 7The Maurya Empire
CHAPTER 8The Shungas and the Kanvas
CHAPTER 10The Andhra Empire
CHAPTER 11The Golden Age of the Guptas 300600 C E
CHAPTER 17The Arabs Turks and Afghans
CHAPTER 18The Vijayanagar Empire
CHAPTER 20The Pioneers
CHAPTER 22AngloFrench Conflicts
CHAPTER 24The End of the Empire and Independence
CHAPTER 25Congress and the Nehru Dynasty
CHAPTER 26Pakistan
Subsequent Developments 19832002

CHAPTER 12The Deccan Kingdoms Third to Sixth Centuries
CHAPTER 14The Eastern and Southern Kingdoms
CHAPTER 15The Rajputs Ninth to Twelfth Centuries
Footnotes
About the Author
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Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent 20 years in India studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars of the Hindu tradition. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean, including The Myths and Gods of Indiaand The Hindu Temple, and is the translator of The Complete Kama Sutra.

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