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A History of Indiapresents 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 Indian subcontinent. Providing an authoritative and detailed account, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund emphasise and analyse the structural pattern of Indian history. Revised throughout, the fifth edition of this highly accessible book brings the history of India up to date to consider, for example, the elections of 2009. In addition a great deal more material on cultural history, art and architecture has been included in the book, including 20 new illustrations. Heavily illustrated with notes and glossary, this is an attractive and useful student guide to Indian history.
Hermann Kulke is Professor Emeritus of Asian History at the University of Kiel. He is the author of Kings and Cults: State Formation and Legitimation in India and Southeast Asia (1993) and editor of The State in India 1000-1700 (1995). In 2010 he was awarded the order 'Padma Shri' by the Indian government. Dietmar Rothermund is Professor Emeritus of History at the South Asian Institute, University of Heidelberg. His books include India in the Great Depression (1992), The Global Impact of the Great Depression, 1929-1939 (1996), The Routledge Companion to Decolonization (2006) and India: The Rise of an Asian Giant (2008).
Table of Contents
|List of illustrations||p. vii|
|Introduction: History and the Environment||p. xii|
|Early Civilisations of the Northwest||p. 1|
|Prehistory and the Indus civilisation||p. 1|
|Immigration and settlement of the Indo-Aryans||p. 12|
|The Great Ancient Empires||p. 26|
|The rise of the Gangetic culture and the great empires of the east||p. 26|
|Ashoka, the Beloved of the Gods||p. 38|
|The end of the Maurya empire and the northern invaders||p. 43|
|The classical age of the Guptas||p. 54|
|Subjection and alliance: Shakas and Vakatakas||p. 58|
|The rise of south India||p. 63|
|The Regional Kingdoms of Early Medieval India||p. 72|
|The rise and conflicts of regional kingdoms||p. 72|
|Kings, princes and priests: the structure of Hindu realms||p. 86|
|The emergence of regional kingdoms||p. 88|
|Gods, temples and poets: the growth of regional cultures||p. 96|
|India's impact on southeast Asia: causes and consequences||p. 106|
|Religious Communities and Military Feudalism in the late Middle Ages||p. 113|
|The Islamic conquest of northern India and the sultanate of Delhi||p. 113|
|The problems of administrative penetration||p. 125|
|The states of central and southern India in the period of the sultanate of Delhi||p. 127|
|The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empire||p. 139|
|The great Mughals and their adversaries||p. 139|
|Indian land power and European sea power||p. 155|
|The struggle for supremacy in India||p. 165|
|The Period of Colonial Rule||p. 178|
|Company Bahadur: trader and ruler||p. 178|
|The colonial economy||p. 190|
|The regional impact of British rule||p. 194|
|The pattern of constitutional reform||p. 207|
|The Freedom Movement and the Partition of India||p. 211|
|The Indian freedom movement||p. 211|
|The return to the constitutional arena||p. 221|
|The partition of India||p. 231|
|The Republic||p. 242|
|Internal affairs and political development||p. 242|
|External affairs: global and regional dimensions||p. 269|
|Glossary of Indian terms||p. 289|
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