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India s Road to Nationhood - A Political History of the Subcontinent
India’s Road to Nationhood - A Political History of the Subcontinent

India s Road to Nationhood - A Political History of the Subcontinent

by Wilhelm Von Pochhammer

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English

Publisher

Allied Publishers

ISBN

8170232686 - Year: 1992 - Pages: 693

Binding

Hardcover

Wilhelm Von Pochhammer
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Author: Wilhelm Von Pochhammer
Publisher: Allied Publishers
Year: 1992
Language: English
Pages: 693
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170232686

Description

The book depicts India from a strictly political point of view, free from the fascinating resplendence of her spiritual radiation and many a much favoured legend. It investigates her political development from the formation of states around 2500 B C up to the early 1970s and forecasts the changes expected to occur in the near future. It begins with the establishment of a multifarious system of states on the subcontinent which is size and multitude of its peoples is comparable to Europe. Its empires were partly based on the subcontinent’s cultural unity and partly on purely political objectives, which had their focal point in maritime supremacy and influence on overseas colonies.

Even 4000 years ago foreign trade was the uniting bond between India and the world around. A general war broke out for the heritage of the last Empire of the Moghuls in which the Europeans interfered and finally the British succeeded. The spiritual foundations of and the various methods employed in the more than hundred years struggle of the Indians to free themselves from British rule are investigated as well as he consequences of Independence achieved in 1947, partition, the Kashmir question and the uprising in East Bengal. Finally the book analyses India’s relations with all countries in the world and the implications of he entry of India and Japan into the sphere of the so-called Power-Triangle-East-Asia consisting of the Soviet Union, the United States of America and, above all, China.

Based on the findings of European and Indian research, the book, like a dramatic novel, points out the ways which led the ancient civilized race of the Indians towards nationhood.

Contents

PART I-EARLY STATES ON INDIAN SOIL

The Indus State (2500-1750 B C)
The Aryans in the Punjab
The Ganges Valley before the Advent of the Aryans

PART II-THE GANGES EMPIRE

The Aryans in the Ganges Valley (1000-322 B C)
The Mauryan empire (322-85 B C)
Foreign Policy and Decay of the Mauryan Empire
The Cultural development in Mauryan Period from a Political Point of View
Rebuilding of the Empire by the Guptas (320-500 A D )
The Economy of the Ganges Empire
The Ganges Empire of Kanauj (606 to about 1000 A D)
The Idea of Political Unity in India
India in the Context of World History (1000 B C to 1000 A D)

PART III-THE SOUTH, THE DECCAN, AND THE INDIAN INFLUENCE OVERSEAS

The Kingdoms of the Tamils
The Deccan Realm (50 B C -1100 A D)
India’s Overseas Trade and its Political Significance

PART IV-ZONES AND FRONTIERS

The North-West Frontier
Problems of India’s Northern frontier
North-East Frontier Problems
Rajasthan-The Land of the Rajputs
The Buffer Zone between the Ganges and Deccan Realms
Concluding Observations to Part IV

PART V-ISLAM IN INDIA

Islam in Northern India
The Moslems in the Deccan and in the South
Indian Resistance and Causes for its Defeat (1100-1500 a D)
The Hindus under Islamic Rule
Concluding Observations to Part V (1200-1500 A D)

PART VI- THE MOGHUL EMPIRE
Dyarchy in the Ganges Valley (1525-1556 A D)

Dyarchy in the Ganges Valley (1525-1566 A D)
The Moghul Realm from Akbar to Shah Jahan (1555-1659 a D)
Foreign Policies of the Moghul Empire
Aurangzeb and the Disintegration of the Moghul Empire (after 1659)

PART VII-THE STRUGGLE FOR THE HERITAGE OF THE MOGHUL EMPIRE

Rise of New Hindu States (1640-1849 A D)
The Moslem Successor States
The Europeans in India
Changes in the Situation of India in Foreign Affairs
The British in India
British India’s Foreign Policy

PART VIII-THE INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE: BASIC ISSUES

The Indian Renaissance
The Concept of Nation in India
The Indian Moslems
The Exponents of the Liberation Movement and Its Objectives
Methods Used in the Struggle

PART IX-THE PROGRESSION OF THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT

Indian Resistance to the East India Company (1818-1859)
India’s Struggle against the British Crown (1859-1905)
Crisis in Bengal (1905-1915)
Gandhi’s First Appearance
C R Das and his Early Death
Gandhi at the Peak of his Achievements (1928-1935)
Jinnah Splits the Freedom Movement
India and the Second World War
India before Independence
The Cabinet Mission of 1946

PART X-FREEDOM, PARTITION AND THEIR EFFECTS

The Year of Independence -1947
Was Pakistan Unavoidable?
Accession of Princely States
The Second Bengal Crisis: East Bengal as a Part of Pakistan
Reflections on India’s Internal Policies
India and Pakistan

PART XI-OBSERVATINS ON CONTEMPORARY INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY

Foreign Policy of Independent India
The Triangle of Powers in East Asia and India’s Future

CONCLUDING REMARKS

SUBJECT INDEX

NAME INDEX

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