This book presents a comprehensive overview of 5000 years of Indian history. Balancing detail and brevity, it takes the reader from the ancient past to the near present: the very beginnings in mohenjo-daro and Harappa; the Vedic age; the rise of magadha; the Classical age; the mughals; the British rule; and the formation of the nation-states and socio-political developments post independence.
Locating the deep past living on in the everyday present, this volume is an important resource to understand contemporary events. Trautmann also gives a glimpse into the social and intellectual history of Indian Civilization.
This edition includes a postscript, that highlights major milestones in Indian historiography, and a chronology of events. Ambitious in scope and deep in erudition, this book will be an indispensable read for students of history and general readers keen on understanding Indian civilization.
â€˜...a lucid, compelling, and yet sophisticated introductory text...â€™
â€” Mrinalini Sinha, University of Michigan
â€˜T.R. Trautmann is one of the few scholars qualified to speak with authority on the entire span of Indian civilization...â€™
â€” SuMit Guha, Rutgers University
â€˜...written with a vision and elegance that are the hallmark of Professor Trautmannâ€™s scholarship.â€™
â€” A. azfar Moin, Southern Methodist University