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A history of India
Robb, Peter (Peter G.)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, [2002]

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xiii, 344 pages ; 23 cm.
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Peter Robb's narrative explores the interplay between India's empires and regions of rule, custom and belief. His focus on the principal themes which serve to unify Indian history offers the reader a sophisticated yet accessible view of its dynamics. Early Indian history, the Mughal Empire, the British Raj and post-1947 India up to the present day are all explored.

Author Notes

Peter Robb is Professor of the History of India at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Most authors who write one-volume histories of India concentrate on the seemingly never-ending sequences of dates, dynasties, and individuals connected with reform movements of the 19th century and freedom fighters of the 20th. The massive number of facts leaves readers overwhelmed with the minutiae of Indian history. Robb (Univ. of London, School of Oriental and African Studies) takes a refreshing new direction and masterfully surveys the trends, issues, and movements that have resulted in modern India. Although the author states that this work is for novices to Indian history, it more rightly is a guide from which readers can pursue the writings of other authors who provide salient details to gain a deeper understanding of specific time periods or events. Almost half the work deals with the "modern [i.e., British] period," with separate chapters on government, politics, society, and economy. These skillfully survey the issues of caste, community, and nation in India, raising questions and bringing into perspective aspects of why India is the way it is. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. For all collections dealing with India or the British Empire. D. C. Johnson University of Minnesota

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Indian Words and Names Maps Charts and Tables
Introduction: Region and Civilization
Early India
Medieval India
Early Modern India I: Mughals and Marathas
Early Modern India II; Company Raj
Modern India I: Government
Modern India II: Politics
Modern Indai III: Society
Modern India IV: Economy
Epilogue: After Modernity
Appendix: References and Readings