A History of India Free PDF

A History of India

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A History of India presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present in a compact and readable survey. This new edition has been thoroughly revised, containing extensive new research and material, as well as an updated preface, bibliography, chronology, and index.

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INTRODUCTION: HISTORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

1. EARLY CIVILISATIONS OF THE NORTHWEST 

  • Prehistory and the Indus Civilization
  • Immigration and settlement of the Indo-Aryans

2. THE GREAT ANCIENT EMPIRES

  • The rise of the Gangetic culture and the great empires of the east
  • The end of the Maurya empire and the northern invaders 
  • The classical age of the Guptas 
  • The Rise of South India 

3. THE REGIONAL KINGDOMS OF EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA 

  • The rise and conflicts of regional kingdoms 
  • Kings, princes, and priests: the structure of Hindu realms 
  • Gods, temples, and poets: the growth of regional cultures 
  • India’s impact on Southeast Asia: causes and consequences 

4. RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES AND MILITARY FEUDALISM IN THE LATE MIDDLE AGES 

  • The Islamic conquest of northern India and the sultanate of Delhi
  • The states of central and southern India in the period of the sultanate of Delhi

5. THE RISE AND FALL OF THE MUGHAL EMPIRE

  • The Great Mughals and their adversaries
  • Indian land power and European power
  • The struggle for supremacy in India

6. THE PERIOD OF COLONIAL RULE

  • Company Bahadur: trader and ruler
  • Imperial structure and the regional impact 
  • The pattern of constitutional reform 

7. THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT AND THE PARTITION OF INDIA 

  • The Indian freedom movement
  • The partition of India

8. THE REPUBLIC 

  • Internal affairs: political and economic development 
  • External affairs: global and regional dimensions 

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