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A Brief History of India

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Edition:
2nd
ISBN13:

9780816083626

ISBN10:
0816083622
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
6/17/2011
Publisher(s):
Facts on File
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Summary

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, A Brief History of India, Second Edition 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.

Excerpts

An updated look at more than 5,000 years of India's history.
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, A Brief History of India, Second Edition 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 21st century.


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