by Stanley Wolpert

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The history of India is the engrossing story of an ancient civilization, reborn as a modern nation. More a continent than a single nation, India is home to over one-fifth of humanity, yet it remains a mystery to most non-Indians, barely appreciated and poorly understood. Stanley Wolpert'sIndia provides a much-needed, concise overview of Indian history and culture. His new preface brings the book up to date, discussing national elections, the economic effects of the new globalization, and the consequences of joining the nuclear arms race.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520077836
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/08/1992
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Stanley Wolpert is the author of fourteen books, including A New History of India, now in its fifth edition, and Nehru: A Tryst With Destiny. He has taught the History of India and Pakistan at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1958.

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2009 Edition

1. The Environment
The River
Monsoon Rains
Mountain Walls

2. Historical Prologue
Pre-Aryan Urbanization
Aryan Conquests and Emerging Synthesis
Ancient Imperial Unification and Its Limits
Islamic Conquests
Westernization and Modernization
Young India's Revolutions and Reforms
The Impact of Mahatma Gandhi

3. Religion and Philosophy
Yoga and Shaivism
Mother Goddess Worship
Nonviolent Buddhism and Jainism
Laws of Action and Reincarnation
Devotional Vaishnavism
Higher Hindu Philosophy
Islam in India
Modernist Religious Movements

4. Society
Caste and Class
The Family
Roles of Women
Village Life
The Urban Revolution

5. Arts and Sciences
Dance, Drama, and Music
Worship in Bronze and Stone
Caves, Temple and Regal Art, and Architecture
The Art of Literature
Scientific Contributions

6. Polity and Foreign Policy
Kingship and Democracy
Economic Planning and Development

Foreign Policy
Indo-U.S. Relations
Indo-Pak Relations
Sino-Indian Relations
Indo-Sri Lankan Relations

The Future


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"Wolpert is a masterful storyteller. . . . The work reflects [his] wisdom and global vision."—Journal of Contemporary Asia

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