India Brief History of a Civilization

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-29
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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.

Author Biography

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

Illustrationsp. vi
About the Bookp. viii
Introductionp. 1
India, Indians, Indian Civilizationp. 1
The History of Indian Civilizationp. 8
The Landscape of Indian Civilizationp. 9
The Beginnings of Indian Civilizationp. 16
Mohenjo-daro and Harappap. 17
Economy, Technology, Writingp. 22
Religionp. 26
Origin and Destiny of the Indus Civilizationp. 27
The Vedic Agep. 32
The Rig Vedap. 32
Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryanp. 36
The Later Vedap. 40
New Religions, New Empiresp. 48
Religions of Renunciationp. 50
The Rise of Magadhap. 55
The Mauryasp. 56
Classical Indiap. 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, Polityp. 85
Familyp. 85
Societyp. 93
Polityp. 97
Mentalitiesp. 102
Religionp. 102
Lawp. 115
Sciencep. 119
Classical Arts and Lettersp. 126
The World That India Madep. 128
Central Asiap. 129
East Asiap. 130
Southeast Asiap. 132
The Middle East and Europep. 137
Turks and Mughalsp. 142
Islam and Indiap. 143
Turksp. 148
Mughalsp. 154
Europeansp. 163
European Merchantsp. 163
British Rulep. 169
India and European Civilizationp. 175
The Nation-Statep. 183
The Emergence of Indian Nationalismp. 184
Gandhi and Jinnahp. 191
Partition and Independencep. 200
New Nationsp. 201
The Republic of Indiap. 203
Pakistan and Bangladeshp. 208
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldivesp. 212
Indian Civilization and the Futurep. 215
Further Readingp. 220
Notesp. 224
Bibliographyp. 227
Indexp. 233
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