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A Brief History of India

A Brief History of India

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  • Author Name : Judith E. Walsh

With nearly 1 billion citizens, India is the second most populous nation in the world. Its conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir and tensions between the many ethnic groups that populate India today find frequent mention in Western media. The country is admired for its spiritual traditions (Hinduism and Buddhism both 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). Today its society is characterized by the juxtaposition of both ancient and modern practices.

A Brief History of India is a detailed, chronological narrative of the events, people, and social and cultural movements of India, from the prehistoric Indus Valley Civilization to the rich cultural and political landscape of today. While most people are familiar with certain parts of Indian history and culture, the roots of its contemporary culture, conflicts, and political moves are not always well understood in the West. Covering approximately 5,000 years of history, this book 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 at the Turn of the Century