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Author: Wilhelm Von Pochhammer
Publisher: Allied Publishers
ISBN/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. In 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 state on the subcontinent which in 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 400 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 Indians to free themselves from British rule are investigated as well as the 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 the 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. Best on the findings of European and Indian research, the book, like a dramatic novel, points out the way which led the ancient civilized race of the Indians towards nationhood.
Anyone who wants to use the history of India as a source of knowledge in regard to her characteristic features is immediately faced with the question as to hoe “India” should be conceived. The subcontinent never formed a unified state, and some historians, therefore, would see a semblance of unity of India’s common culture. This explains the fact that many accounts of Indian history place greater emphasis on the cultural, and above all, on the spiritual developments than has been customary, at least with European historians who deal mostly with “Staatsaktionen” (political events). These are often relegated to minor roles in India Historical works, and India’s changing attitude to the outer world, particularly as evinced in her foreign policy, is scarcely mentioned. Hence the author of this study has concentrated on precisely this aspect: the interpretation of political events in India.
Part 1 Early States On Indian Soil
Part 2 The Ganges Empire
Part 3 The South, The Deccan. And The Indian Influence Overseas
Part 4 Zones And Frontiers
Part 5 Islam In India
Part 6 The Moghul Empire
Part 7 The Struggle For The Heritage Of The Moghul Empire
Part 8 The Independence Struggle : Basic Issues
Part 9 The Progression Of The Freedom Movement
Part10 Freedom, Partition And Their Effects
Part11 Observations On Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy