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A History

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‘A delight…one of the best general studies of the subcontinent.’ Andrew Lycett, Sunday Times

‘Ambitious, colourful and fascinating.’ Lawrence James, The Times

‘It is hard to imagine anyone succeeding more gracefully in producing a balanced overview than John Keay has done in ‘India: A History’…a book that is as fluent and readable as it is up-to-date and impartial. Hardly a page passes without some fascinating nugget or surprising fact…one can only hope that John Keay’s ‘India’ will be widely read, and its lessons taken to heart.’ Guardian

‘Certainly the most balanced and lucid history…his passion for India shines through and illuminates every page…puts Keay in the front rank of Indian historiographers.’ Spectator

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The most authoritative and highly regarded single-volume history of India - from ancient time to the modern day. Five millennia of the sub-continent's social, economic, political and cultural history are interpreted by one of our finest writers on India and the Far East. Les mer

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The most authoritative and highly regarded single-volume history of India - from ancient time to the modern day. Five millennia of the sub-continent's social, economic, political and cultural history are interpreted by one of our finest writers on India and the Far East.
India's history begins with a highly advanced urban civilisation in the Indus valley, regressing to a tribal and pastoral nomadism, and then evolving into a uniquely stratified society. The pattern of inward invasion plus outward migration was established early: from Alexander the Great via the march of Islam and the great Moghuls to the coming of the East India Company and the establishment of the British Raj.


Older, richer and more distinctive than almost any other, India's culture furnishes all that the historian could wish for in the way of continuity and diversity. The peoples of the Indian subcontinent, while sharing a common history and culture, are not now, and never have been, a single unitary state; the book accommodates Pakistan and Bangladesh, as well as other embryonic nation states like the Sikh Punjab, Muslim Kashmir and Assam.


In this brilliant new edition, John Keay continues the narrative of India's history - covering events from partition to the present day and examining the very different fortunes of the three successor states: Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Republic of India. Based on the latest research, this is an indispensible history of a country set to be a definitive influence on the future of world economics, politics and culture.

Detaljer

Forlag
William Collins
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780007307753
Utgivelsesår
2010
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

John Keay is a writer, broadcaster and historian whose books include 'Into India', 'India Discovered', 'When Men and Mountains Meet', 'Highland Drove', 'The Honourable Company: A History of the English East India Company', 'The Great Arc', 'China: A History' and (with his wife, Julia Keay) the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'. He has travelled extensively in India and the Far East, and specialised in Asian history and current affairs.

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«

‘A delight…one of the best general studies of the subcontinent.’ Andrew Lycett, Sunday Times

‘Ambitious, colourful and fascinating.’ Lawrence James, The Times

‘It is hard to imagine anyone succeeding more gracefully in producing a balanced overview than John Keay has done in ‘India: A History’…a book that is as fluent and readable as it is up-to-date and impartial. Hardly a page passes without some fascinating nugget or surprising fact…one can only hope that John Keay’s ‘India’ will be widely read, and its lessons taken to heart.’ Guardian

‘Certainly the most balanced and lucid history…his passion for India shines through and illuminates every page…puts Keay in the front rank of Indian historiographers.’ Spectator

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Kunders vurdering

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Paal – 20.02.2005

– Indias historie strekker seg fra tapte bykulturer som Harappa og Mohenjo Daro og fram til statusen som verdens største demokrati og atomkappløp mot 'utbryterstaten' Pakistan. Fagbokforfatteren John Keay har i dette kritikerroste bindet samlet dette store sub-kontinentets historie mellom to permer, med hovedvekt på perioden etter muslimenes gradvise invasjoner frem mot moderne tid. Dette er ingen kulturhistorie, men en faghistorisk anlagt gjennomgang av de ulike epokene i Indias utvikling. Boken er utstyrt med en rekke fargeillustrasjoner og kart, og er ikke spesielt rettet mot studenter eller historikere, men mot et bredere anlagt publikum. Den kortfattede gjennomgangen av den før-moderne tiden oppleves som et minus for lesere med interesse for indisk religion og kultur sett i historisk perspektiv, og gjør at man ikke så lett får med seg den store kontinuiteten som preger Indias historie.

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