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India: A Short History
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Thames & Hudson
Publication date May 20, 2014
Pages 248
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780500251997
ISBN-10 0500251991
Dimensions 1.25 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.54 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $24.95
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India’s unfolding story, from the ancient Hindu dynasties to the coming of Islam, from the Mughal Empire to the present day

 

India has always been a land of great contradictions. To Alexander the Great, the country was a place of clever naked philosophers and massive armies mounted on elephants – which eventually forced his army to retreat. To ancient Rome, it was a source of luxuries, mainly spices and textiles, paid for in gold―hence the enormous numbers of Roman gold coins excavated in India. At the height of the Mughal empire in 1700, India boasted 24 percent of the world economy―a share virtually equal to Europe’s 25 percent. But then its economy declined. Colonial India was known for its extremes of wealth and poverty, epitomized by the Taj Mahal and famines, maharajas and untouchables, and also for its spirituality: many-armed Hindu gods and Buddhist philosophy, Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore.

India: A Short History places as much emphasis on individuals, ideas and cultures as on the rise and fall of kingdoms, political parties and economies. Anyone curious about a great civilization, and its future, will find this an ideal introduction, at times controversial, written by an author who has been strongly engaged with India for more than three decades. 12 illustrations in black and white

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9780500251997 | details & prices | 248 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.54 lbs | List price $24.95
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