This new edition brings Stanley Wolpert's brilliantly succinct and accessible introduction to India completely up to date for a new generation of readers, travelers, and students. In crisp detail, Wolpert gives a panoramic overview of the continent on which the world's most fascinating ancient civilization gave birth to one of its most complex modern democratic nations. "India" now includes new sections on the country's current global economic development, the recent national elections, and on its international relations, including those with Pakistan, China, Sri Lanka, and the United States, India's new strategic global partner.
Stanley Wolpert is the author of fourteen books, including A New History of India, now in its eighth edition, and Gandhi's Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. He has taught the history of India and Pakistan at the University of California, Los Angeles, since 1958.
Preface to the 2009 Edition 1. The Environment The River Heat Monsoon Rains Mountain Walls 2. Historical Prologue Pre-Aryan Urbanization Aryan Conquests and Emerging Synthesis Ancient Imperial Unification and Its Limits Islamic Conquests Westernization and Modernization Young India's Revolutions and Reforms The Impact of Mahatma Gandhi 3. Religion and Philosophy Yoga and Shaivism Mother Goddess Worship Nonviolent Buddhism and Jainism Laws of Action and Reincarnation Devotional Vaishnavism Higher Hindu Philosophy Islam in India Sikhism Modernist Religious Movements 4. Society Caste and Class Untouchability The Family Roles of Women Village Life The Urban Revolution 5. Arts and Sciences Dance, Drama, and Music Worship in Bronze and Stone Caves, Temple and Regal Art, and Architecture The Art of Literature Scientific Contributions 6. Polity and Foreign Policy Kingship and Democracy Economic Planning and Development Foreign Policy Indo-U.S. Relations Indo-Pak Relations Sino-Indian Relations Indo-Sri Lankan Relations Afghanistan The Future Notes Suggested Additional Reading Index