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India by John Keay
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Oct 07, 2010

it was ok
Read in January, 2011

The main problem with this book is its scope. Purportedly a book about India's history, it is quickly apparent that there is hardly any available data on which a plausible history for the three thousand plus years BCE. While this is no fault of the author, it does disappoint a little to find that instead of an actual history, what is provided is founded largely on myth.

Where facts were available, the book suffered from the fact that it was extremely difficult to relate what was happening in North India with what was taking place in South India. Perhaps this was due to the obscure geography and place names being used or possibly developments in one had no effect on the other but if that was the case, it was not clear.

The wars between the French and the British for control of India seemed to have been skimmed over. Ultimately, the book serves to leave the reader looking for more detail.
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