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Praise for previous editions:

“To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."—John Kenneth Galbraith

“Wolpert understands India. . . . . Fluent, wide-ranging and often wise, this volume is a useful addition to a shelf of books on India.”—Washington Post Book World

“A superb distillation of a lifetime's learning by UCLA's great historian of India. Refreshingly concrete and detailed, [and] vibrantly written, Wolpert's overview repeatedly succeeds at explaining a culture that gave us little things like the decimal system, chess, cotton cloth, meditation, and two religions called Buddhism and Hinduism.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

“If one were to read a single book about India in a lifetime, this should be it.”—Library Journal

Synopsis:

Praise for previous editions:

"To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."--John Kenneth Galbraith

"Wolpert understands India. . . . . Fluent, wide-ranging and often wise, this volume is a useful addition to a shelf of books on India."--Washington Post Book World

"A superb distillation of a lifetime's learning by UCLA's great historian of India. Refreshingly concrete and detailed, [and] vibrantly written, Wolpert's overview repeatedly succeeds at explaining a culture that gave us little things like the decimal system, chess, cotton cloth, meditation, and two religions called Buddhism and Hinduism."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"If one were to read a single book about India in a lifetime, this should be it."--Library Journal

Synopsis:

This new edition brings Stanley Wolpert's brilliantly succinct and accessible introduction to India completely up to date for a new generation of readers, travelers, and students. In crisp detail, Wolpert gives a panoramic overview of the continent on which the world's most fascinating ancient civilization gave birth to one of its most complex modern democratic nations. India now includes new sections on the country's current global economic development, the recent national elections, and on its international relations, including those with Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, and the United States, India's new strategic global partner.

About the Author

Stanley Wolpert is the author of fourteen books, including A New History of India, now in its eighth edition, and Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. 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

Heat

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

Sikhism

Modernist Religious Movements

4. Society

Caste and Class

Untouchability

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

Afghanistan

The Future

Notes

Suggested Additional Reading

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520260320
Author:
Wolpert, Stanley
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Wolpert, Stanley A.
Subject:
India History.
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
India
Subject:
World History - India
Subject:
Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Fourth Edition
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 b/w photographs, 1 map
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in 14 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Praise for previous editions:

"To all of us who delightedly and sometimes repetitively call ourselves Old India hands, Stanley Wolpert is the acknowledged authority. This book tells why. Indian history, art, culture, and contemporary politics are here in accurate, wide-ranging, and lucid prose."--John Kenneth Galbraith

"Wolpert understands India. . . . . Fluent, wide-ranging and often wise, this volume is a useful addition to a shelf of books on India."--Washington Post Book World

"A superb distillation of a lifetime's learning by UCLA's great historian of India. Refreshingly concrete and detailed, [and] vibrantly written, Wolpert's overview repeatedly succeeds at explaining a culture that gave us little things like the decimal system, chess, cotton cloth, meditation, and two religions called Buddhism and Hinduism."--Philadelphia Inquirer

"If one were to read a single book about India in a lifetime, this should be it."--Library Journal

"Synopsis" by ,
This new edition brings Stanley Wolpert's brilliantly succinct and accessible introduction to India completely up to date for a new generation of readers, travelers, and students. In crisp detail, Wolpert gives a panoramic overview of the continent on which the world's most fascinating ancient civilization gave birth to one of its most complex modern democratic nations. India now includes new sections on the country's current global economic development, the recent national elections, and on its international relations, including those with Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, and the United States, India's new strategic global partner.
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