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A History of India

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
This fourth edition of A History of India presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present in a compact and readable survey. The authors examine the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the subcontinent. Providing an authoritative and detailed account, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund emphasize a ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 28th 2004 by Routledge (first published November 20th 1990)
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Royce Ratterman
Most books are rated related to their usefulness and contributions to my research.
Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.
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Jaspal Rana
Compact, crisp and to the point.
This book is highly factual and the authors have refrained from making an in depth analysis of many, if not most of the issues concerning the Indian history, which is just as well.
Ruru Ghoshal
Mar 05, 2014 Ruru Ghoshal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dry, heavy on the facts, and highly empirical. Just the way I like it.
Mar 24, 2008 Bryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Factually this is an excellent book. For me it suffered from a lack of engaging prose, and as someone who has difficulty putting down a book unfinished it lead in the later sections to me opening it in an attempt to finish rather than engage the subject matter. That said, it does present a wealth of information in a well synthesized and concise manner that should give the determined reader a more than adequate background, with the strength of the book being the discussion of earliest civilizatio ...more
It is a very good synthesis about the origin behind its culture, its religion and how this has all united to make India, the country it is today. It also answers "how did the indus valley civilization vanish?" If read along with Midnight Children by Salman Rushdie, it may create an urgent desire to visit India.
Roger Wood
Aug 28, 2010 Roger Wood rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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During 2009, my subject of study for the year was India - it's culture, history, economy. Please see link for more:

This book was dry and flat, but extremely informative and useful. I'd recommend it to anyone look to have a very good summary of this amazing country.

Jul 27, 2013 Tricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dry and boring, though information is excellent. Would not re-read this book and donated it.
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