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A New History of India

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This edition presents an historical analysis of India, covering social conditions, industry and economy, as well as considering her future.
Paperback, 548 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1977)
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Paul Miller
An accessible, readable general overview of Indian history from the dawn of civilization to the current day. The books aims high and almost delivers. It is a little uneven, giving a bit too much detail of the wheeling and deeling of party politics in the modern era. The writing veers back and forth between poetic and mundane. But it was comprehensive and I certainly learned much from reading it.
This book is a brillant overview of India--religion, society, politics, history, etc.

So well written, it is a joy to read and reread. Some parts are a bit "tongue in cheek" and added levity to the subject.

An excellent birds eye view of a great country....
Waleed Cheema
its a very good book
An introductory history of India.

About 25% covers prehistory through ~1600. Much of the information here is about the development of different religions. Wolpert is not very clear whether the arrival of the Aryans was an invasion, conquest, or migration. He uses terms like 'Aryan invasion' and 'Aryan conquest' most of the time, but says at the beginning of one chapter that it was more of a gradual assimilation. So why call it a conquest or invasion?

Another 25% covers the European trading/coloni
Stanley Wolpert delivers one of the most concise yet thorough accounts of Indian history to date. He does an excellent job of looking at the development of the subcontinent from the days of BC to the modern Tamil and Pakistani conflicts afflicting the nation today. I read this book to get a background on India as a whole and was not disappointed in its quality. It goes into enough detail to understand the story of how India developed as a country with excellent references on where to get more in ...more
Interesting as far as histories go, but its layout and organization are not so great. With the amount of information that's presented, the chapters should have been divided into different sections (economics, politics, religion etc.) like a textbook as opposed to the winding prose of a popular history book. And the text can be a bit lumpy. He goes into great detail on somethings but glides over others. So the pace is very stop-and-go. I haven't finished it yet, but I will eventually. It's just n ...more
If you want a thorough and concise history of India, read this book. I had to read this for college and enjoyed it considerably. The book reviews approximately 4,000 years of India's history through to--almost--the current day.
I haven't read a ton on Indian history, but I am betting there are better books than this one - which wasn't a great read.
Michael Hinsley
Crammed, but especially good at the beginning and at the end. great intro to such a rich subject. Wonderful historical geography.
Educational, for me, but of inconsistent focus and writing quality.
A nice overview for the non-specialist.
Dry but informative
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Stanley Wolpert is an American academic, Indologist, and author considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the political and intellectual history of modern India and Pakistan and has written fiction and nonfiction books on the topics. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1959-2002.
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