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India: Brief History of a Civilization, Second Edition, 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 Emeritus of History at the University of Michigan. He is the editor of The Aryan Debate (OUP, 2008) and the author of Elephants and Kings: An Environmental History (2015), Arthashastra: The Science of Wealth (2012), Languages and Nations (2006), and Aryans andBritish India (2004).
Table of Contents
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1. Introduction India, Indians, Indian Civilization The History of Indian Civilization The Landscape of Indian Civilization
2. The Beginnings of Indian Civilization Mohenjo-daro and Harappa Economy, Technology, Writing Religion Origin and Destiny of the Indus Civilization
3. The Vedic Age The Rig Veda Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan The Later Veda The Epics: Mahabharata and Ramayana
4. New Religions, New Empires Religions of Renunciation The Rise of Magadha The Mauryas
5. Classical India The Formation of Classical Indian Civilization (187 BCE-320 CE) The Classical Age (320-600 CE) Late Classical Indian Civilization (600-1000 CE)
6. Family, Society, Polity Family Society Polity
7. Mentalities Religion Law Science Classical Arts and Letters
8. The World That India Made Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia The Middle East and Europe
9. Turks and Mughals Islam and India Turks Mughals
10. Europeans European Merchants British Rule India and European Civilization
11. The Nation-State The Emergence of Indian Nationalism Gandhi and Jinnah Partition and Independence
12. New Nations The Republic of India Pakistan and Bangladesh Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives Indian Civilization and the Future