India  -  Brief History of a Civilization

India - Brief History of a Civilization

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Author: Thomas R Trautmann
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 243
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780198078807


This book presents a comprehensive overview of 5000 years of Indian history. Balancing detail and brevity, it takes the reader from the ancient past to the near present: the very beginnings in mohenjo-daro and Harappa; the Vedic age; the rise of magadha; the Classical age; the mughals; the British rule; and the formation of the nation-states and socio-political developments post independence.

Locating the deep past living on in the everyday present, this volume is an important resource to understand contemporary events. Trautmann also gives a glimpse into the social and intellectual history of Indian Civilization.

This edition includes a postscript, that highlights major milestones in Indian historiography, and a chronology of events. Ambitious in scope and deep in erudition, this book will be an indispensable read for students of history and general readers keen on understanding Indian civilization.


‘...a lucid, compelling, and yet sophisticated introductory text...’
— Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan

‘T.R. Trautmann is one of the few scholars qualified to speak with authority on the entire span of Indian civilization...’
— SuMit Guha, Rutgers University

‘...written with a vision and elegance that are the hallmark of Professor Trautmann’s scholarship.’
— A. azfar Moin, Southern Methodist University


About the book

Chapter 1 – Introduction

1. India, Indians , Indian Civilization
2. The History of Indian Civilization
3. The Landscape of Indian Civilization

Chapter 2 – The Beginning of Indian Civilization

4. Mohenjo-daro and Harappa
5. Economy, Technology, Writing
6. Religion
7. Origin and Destiny of the Indus Civilization

Chapter 3 – The Vedic Age

8. The Rig Veda
9. Indo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-Aryan
10. The Later Veda

Chapter 4 – New Religions, New Empires

11. Religions of Renunciation
12. The Rise of Magadha
13. The Mauryas

Chapter 5 – Classical India

14. The Formation of Classical Indian Civilization (187 BCE – 320 CE)
15. The Classical Age (320-600 CE)
16. Late Classical Indian Civilization (600-1000 CE)

Chapter 6 – Family, Society, Policy

17. Family
18. Society
19. Policy

Chapter 7 – Mentalities

20. Religion
21. Law
22. Science
23. Classical Arts and Letters

Chapter 8 – The World That India Made

24. Central Asia
25. East Asia
26. Southeast Asia
27. The Middle East and Europe

Chapter 9 – Turks and Mughals

28. Islam and India
29. Turks
30. Mughals

Chapter 10 – Europeans

31. European Merchants
32. British Rule
33. India and European Civilization

Chapter 11 – The Nation – State

34. The Emergence of Indian Nationalism
35. Gandhi and Jinnah
36. Partition and Independence

Chapter 12 – New Nations

37. The Republic of India
38. Pakistan and Bangladesh
39. Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the Maldives
40. Indian Civilization and the Future

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