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Dilip Hiro

The Rough Guide History of India

India has a substantial part of the world's population, and as such it's history deserves greater prominence in the west. The Rough Guide History of India by Dilip Hiro is a compact book, dealing with the history of India from ancient times up to the present.

The book tells of the early epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, and describes religious developments including the adoption of Buddhism and the origins of Hinduism. The rise of Islam greatly affected India with the formation of Sultanates within the subcontinent, as well as the founding of the Mughal empire. Getting closer to the present, we hear of the arrival of the East India company, and the gradual spread of British rule to the whole of India. Then came Gandhi, and the last chapter deals with India and Indian politics since independence in 1947.

This is meant as a reference book, so that the reader can find information relevant to a given period of time, but it is actually surprisingly readable, especially in the later parts (earlier on it's sometimes hard to keep track of the shifting boundaries within the subcontinent). The author manages to pack a great deal of information into a very small book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to have such a wide overview quickly to hand.

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To paraphrase a wise observation - we will only know where we are heading if we know where we have come from - is in part the inspiration for this series of national histories. In addition to that understanding, it was the conviction of series editor, Justin Wintle, that increasing globalization makes it ever more essential to understand our own history and the history of other nations, neighbouring or worlds away. This text provides a clear and concise overview of India's often tortuous political narrative, while providing in-depth information on the country's ancient and complex cultures. Covering the history of India from the Indus Valley Civilization to present day, its continuous time-line is complemented with sidebars on the Bhagvad Gita, Hinduism, the Taj Mahal, the Nehru-Gandhi famiy and a host of other topics.

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