Author: John Keay
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0006387845
A truly comprehensive and thoroughly readable history of modern-day India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
From the myths of an impossible antiquity to the masterpieces of the classical glory, from the boasts of obscures dynasts to the chronicles of Islamic conquests, and from the triumphs of the liberation to the recrimination of partition, the author recounts a five thousand-year epic in which conflicts underwrites achievements and kings defer to saints.
The monuments, tombs, temples and palaces are paraded in context and their significance explained and a new slant is given to the conventional tides of inward incursion and outer dissemination - Alexander the Great's debacle, the all-Asia diffusion of Indian culture, the Islamic, Mughal and British conquests, and the twentieth-century Diaspora of south Asian society.
Beginning with the flood and ending with the bomb, this book combines narrative delights with social, economic and cultural analysis. Provocative and authoritative, it confirms John Keay's reputation as one of the foremost writer on the subcontinent.
It is history at its best, a work of the imagination stimulated by enigmatic remains of the past crying out for an interpreter....... The blend of revelatory detail with a sense of eternal India makes Keay's a superb book - Michael Fry, Herald(Glasgow)
List of Illustrations
List of Maps
List of Charts and Tables
The Harappan World : C3000 - 1700 BC
Vedic Values : C1700 - 900 BC
The Epic Age : C900-520 BC
Out of the Myth - Smoke : C520 - 320 BC
Gloria Maurya : C320 - 200 BC
An Age of Paradox : C300 - 500 AD
Gupta Gold : C300 - 500 AD
Lords of the Universe : C500 - 700
Dharma and Defiance : C700-C900
Natraj, the Rule of the Dance : C950 - 1180
The Natraj, the Rule of the Dance : 1180 - 1320
Other Indias : 1320 - 1525
The Making of the Mughal Empire : 1500 - 1605
Mughal Pomp, Indian Circumstance : 1605 - 1682
From Taj to Raj : 1682 - 1750
The British Conquest : 1750 - 1820
Pax Britannica : 1820 - 1880
Awake the Nation : 1880 - 1930
At the Stroke of the Midnight Hour : 1930 - 1948
Crossing the Tracks : 1948
Index (Incorporating Glossary)