India: The Definitive History

India: The Definitive History

By: D. R. SarDesai (author)Paperback

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D. R. SarDesai presents the history of India in its entire civilizational depth. Using an Indiacentric approach, (as opposed to the Eurocentric or Anglocentric) the book covers the process of change in India through the centuries affecting different segments of the society, including the subalterns. He deals with the sweep of traditional Indian history as well as with the post-independence events, judicially balancing narrative and analysis in the conceptual framework of postcolonial and postmodernist approaches. This is the first major survey which deals with the entire Indian history along the lines of tradition and modernity instead of the old and largely inapplicable divisions of ancient, medieval and modern time frames. In adopting such a periodization, the book supports what is followed by most instructors in their courses on India.

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D. R. SarDesai is former Chairperson of South and Southeast Asian Studies and the first holder of the Doshi Chair in Indian History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of Southeast Asia: Past and Present 5th Edition (Westview Press, 2003). He is also the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yadunandan Center for India Studies for his caring and distinguished work in South and Southeast Asian studies.


Introduction: Approaches to Indian History I: The Cultural Heritage * 1. Indus Valley Civilization and the Question of the Aryans * 2. Evolution of Hinduism * 3. The Heterodox Religions * 4. Hindu Literature and Philosophy * 5. Formation of Kingdoms and Republics * 6. Advent of Islam * 7. Islam and the Subcontinent * 8. Rise and Fall of the Mughals II: The Colonial Experience * 9. The Early Trading Contacts with the Europeans * 10. From Trade to Territory * 11. Agents of Change * 12. Indian Props of British Empire * 13. British-Indian Encounters * 14. Balance Sheet of British Imperialism III: The Nationalist Movement * 15. India Finds Itself * 16. Beginnings of Indian Nationalism * 17. Gandhi and the Key Landmarks in the Indian Freedom Movement * 18. Nehru, Swaraj, and Socialism * 19. Bose, the Indian National Army, and World War II * 20. Jinnahs Two-Nation Theory and the Partition IV: Fruits of Freedom * 21. Postcolonial Problems * 22. The Political Process * 23. The Center-State Relations * 24. Planning and Economic Development * 25. India and the World * 26. India and Global Concerns

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/08/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780813343525
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 512
  • ID: 9780813343525
  • weight: 757
  • ISBN10: 0813343526

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