Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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."and#151;John Kenneth Galbraith
Includes bibliographical references (p. -262) and index.
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
River -- Heat -- Monsoon rains -- Mountain walls -- 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 -- Impact of Mahatma Gandhi -- 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 -- Caste and class -- Untouchability -- Family -- Roles of women -- Village life -- Urban revolution -- Dance, drama, and music -- Worship in bronze and stone -- Caves, temple and regal art, and architecture -- Art of literature -- Scientific contributions -- Kingship and democracy -- Economic planning and development -- Foreign policy -- Future.