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The history of India
McLeod, John, 1963-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
xx, 223 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1240 Lexile.
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Descriptions of India are often woefully cliched. Foreigners may preserve old ideas of the exotic East, or reflect the preoccupations of Western media, or view India as a country of violence and disaster. Yet many Indians see their homeland as a modern industrial power, the world's largest democracy, and the country where an ancient civilization thrives alongside state-of-the-art computer technology. This accessible narrative account follows the entire path of Indian history from the Harrapans to today.

Readers will encounter the foundation of Buddhism, Hinduism, the Gupta dynasty, Muslim encounters in India, British rule, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, and much more. A biographical section and an annotated bibliography add reference value to this up-to-date resource on the history of India.

Author Notes

JOHN MCLEOD is Associate Professor of History at the Universtiy of Louisville and is the author of Sovereignty, Power, Control: Politics in the States of Western India, 1916-1947 .

Table of Contents

Frank W. Thackeray and John E. Findling
Series Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Timeline of Historical Eventsp. xv
1 The Settingsp. 1
2 The Birth of Indiap. 11
3 Religion, Trade, and Conquestp. 29
4 The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Dynastyp. 49
5 A Century of Realignmentp. 65
6 Indians and British Rulep. 81
7 The Struggle for Independencep. 101
8 Building the New Indiap. 129
9 The Rise of the Nehru-Gandhi Dynastyp. 145
10 The Fall of the Nehru-Gandhi Dynastyp. 161
11 India Todayp. 177
Notable People in the History of Indiap. 195
Appendix Mughal Emperors, British Viceroys, Prime Ministers of Indiap. 199
Glossaryp. 203
Bibliographic Essayp. 213
Indexp. 217