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India: Brief History of a Civilization provides a brief overview of a very long period, allowing students to acquire a mental map of the entire history of Indian civilization in a short book. Most comprehensive histories devote a few chapters to the early history of India and an increasing number of pages to the more recent period, giving an impression that early history is mere background and that Indian civilization finds its fulfillment in the nation-state. Thomas R. Trautmann believes that the deep past lives on and is a valuable resource for understanding the present day and for creating a viable future. The result is a book that is short enough to read in a few sittings, but comprehensive in coverage--5,000 years of India in brief.
Thomas R. Trautmann is Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books, including Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras (2006) and Aryans and British India (2004), and is the editor of The Aryan Debate (OUP, 2008).
Table of Contents
|About the Book||p. viii|
|India, Indians, Indian Civilization||p. 1|
|The History of Indian Civilization||p. 8|
|The Landscape of Indian Civilization||p. 9|
|The Beginnings of Indian Civilization||p. 16|
|Mohenjo-daro and Harappa||p. 17|
|Economy, Technology, Writing||p. 22|
|Origin and Destiny of the Indus Civilization||p. 27|
|The Vedic Age||p. 32|
|The Rig Veda||p. 32|
|Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan||p. 36|
|The Later Veda||p. 40|
|New Religions, New Empires||p. 48|
|Religions of Renunciation||p. 50|
|The Rise of Magadha||p. 55|
|The Mauryas||p. 56|
|Classical India||p. 62|
|The Formation of Classical Indian Civilization (187 BCE-320 CE)||p. 62|
|The Classical Age (320-600 CE)||p. 72|
|Late Classical Indian Civilization (600-1000 CE)||p. 80|
|Family, Society, Polity||p. 85|
|Classical Arts and Letters||p. 126|
|The World That India Made||p. 128|
|Central Asia||p. 129|
|East Asia||p. 130|
|Southeast Asia||p. 132|
|The Middle East and Europe||p. 137|
|Turks and Mughals||p. 142|
|Islam and India||p. 143|
|European Merchants||p. 163|
|British Rule||p. 169|
|India and European Civilization||p. 175|
|The Nation-State||p. 183|
|The Emergence of Indian Nationalism||p. 184|
|Gandhi and Jinnah||p. 191|
|Partition and Independence||p. 200|
|New Nations||p. 201|
|The Republic of India||p. 203|
|Pakistan and Bangladesh||p. 208|
|Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives||p. 212|
|Indian Civilization and the Future||p. 215|
|Further Reading||p. 220|
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