Author: Wilhelm Von PochhammerPublisher: Allied PublishersYear: 1992Language: EnglishPages: 693ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170232686
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.
PART I-EARLY STATES ON INDIAN SOILThe Indus State (2500-1750 B C)The Aryans in the PunjabThe Ganges Valley before the Advent of the AryansPART II-THE GANGES EMPIREThe Aryans in the Ganges Valley (1000-322 B C)The Mauryan empire (322-85 B C)Foreign Policy and Decay of the Mauryan EmpireThe Cultural development in Mauryan Period from a Political Point of ViewRebuilding of the Empire by the Guptas (320-500 A D )The Economy of the Ganges EmpireThe Ganges Empire of Kanauj (606 to about 1000 A D)The Idea of Political Unity in IndiaIndia in the Context of World History (1000 B C to 1000 A D)PART III-THE SOUTH, THE DECCAN, AND THE INDIAN INFLUENCE OVERSEASThe Kingdoms of the TamilsThe Deccan Realm (50 B C -1100 A D)India’s Overseas Trade and its Political SignificancePART IV-ZONES AND FRONTIERSThe North-West FrontierProblems of India’s Northern frontierNorth-East Frontier ProblemsRajasthan-The Land of the RajputsThe Buffer Zone between the Ganges and Deccan RealmsConcluding Observations to Part IVPART V-ISLAM IN INDIAIslam in Northern IndiaThe Moslems in the Deccan and in the SouthIndian Resistance and Causes for its Defeat (1100-1500 a D)The Hindus under Islamic RuleConcluding Observations to Part V (1200-1500 A D)PART VI- THE MOGHUL EMPIREDyarchy 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 EmpireAurangzeb and the Disintegration of the Moghul Empire (after 1659)PART VII-THE STRUGGLE FOR THE HERITAGE OF THE MOGHUL EMPIRERise of New Hindu States (1640-1849 A D)The Moslem Successor StatesThe Europeans in IndiaChanges in the Situation of India in Foreign AffairsThe British in IndiaBritish India’s Foreign PolicyPART VIII-THE INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE: BASIC ISSUESThe Indian RenaissanceThe Concept of Nation in IndiaThe Indian MoslemsThe Exponents of the Liberation Movement and Its ObjectivesMethods Used in the StrugglePART IX-THE PROGRESSION OF THE FREEDOM MOVEMENTIndian 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 AppearanceC R Das and his Early DeathGandhi at the Peak of his Achievements (1928-1935)Jinnah Splits the Freedom MovementIndia and the Second World WarIndia before IndependenceThe Cabinet Mission of 1946PART X-FREEDOM, PARTITION AND THEIR EFFECTSThe Year of Independence -1947Was Pakistan Unavoidable?Accession of Princely StatesThe Second Bengal Crisis: East Bengal as a Part of PakistanReflections on India’s Internal PoliciesIndia and PakistanPART XI-OBSERVATINS ON CONTEMPORARY INDIAN FOREIGN POLICYForeign Policy of Independent IndiaThe Triangle of Powers in East Asia and India’s FutureCONCLUDING REMARKSSUBJECT INDEXNAME INDEX