eBook Encyclopedia of India, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0684315122
  • ISBN-13: 9780684315126
  • DDC: 954.003
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1532 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released December 2005
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006
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Overview

Home to a fifth of the world's population and the largest democracy in the world, India holds a prominent place in current events yet remains misunderstood in many ways by students, professionals and others who seek a single, authoritative source for information on this important region. The Encyclopedia of India meets this need, encompassing the history, cultures, geography and religions of India from ancient times to the present day. Across the four volumes of the Encyclopedia, readers are invited to explore India in a comprehensive reference work of more than 600 alphabetically arranged, illustrated articles. As India's role in global politics and economics continues to grow, readers will find the historical and cultural information contained within this work an indispensable tool to gaining a greater appreciation of India and its place in our modern world.

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Reviews

"The depth and breadth of the articles covered in the encyclopedia are an essential source for understanding the rising importance of India, which is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. As India's role in world politics and economics continues to develop, readers will find this encyclopedia an indispensable tool for gaining an understanding and appreciation of India's influence in this modern global village of today. Perfect for multi-disciplinary curricula, from world history, economics and global trade to religious studies, the encyclopedia features numerous articles. The articles were written by international authorities from academia, international organizations, and Indian institutions and businesses. It is full of maps, illustrations, charts and photographs. The encyclopedia is full of information about India's history with its rich ancient traditions of culture and religion, down to the present day when it is becoming a leading world power. It will be especially useful for libraries in colleges and universities, libraries at think tanks and even for students who may want to know more about the culture and activities in present day India." Indian Express, February 2006

— Voice of Youth Advocates

"This set is easy to navigate due to its thematic outline of contents and its index. Users unfamiliar with India will find the work easy to understand and scholars will find it useful due to its in-depth articles and thorough bibliographies. This work is highly recommended for university reference collections and large public libraries." --ARBA, March 2006

— Daniel Boice

"All together, this is a sine qua non for any serious academic library, and a please to read. Its not, certaintly, but is worth every penny. Highest recommendations."

— Daniel Boice

"All together,this is a sine qua non for any serious academic library, and a pleasure to read. It's not cheap, certainly, but is worth every penny. Highest recommendations. - Daniel Boice

— Daniel Boice

"Wolpert (emeritus, history, U. of California, Los Angeles), who has published extensively on the history of India, has done an admirable job of selecting entries for this 4v reference that reflect the vast and diverse history, politics, people, religions, and culture of India." -- Art Books News Annual, January 2007

— Daniel Boice

"The Encyclopedia of India is a high quality set that meets a real life need for a comprehensive reference work on this important and fascinating part of the world. Students, scholars and lay readers will turn to it for quick facts and solid explanations, as well as a starting place for more in-depth research. Its scholarly and thorough coverage teamed with attractive, professional presentation will make this set popular in both academic and public libraries." --Against the Grain, June 2006

— Daniel Boice

"India is one of the oldest countries and greatest civilizations of the world. It is the birthplace of four major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. At present, over 20 percent of the world's population lives in India, and it is the largest democracy on Earth. India is certainly a major player in the modern world, and Wolpert (history, UCLA) has edited an important work that will further educate people about India and its contributions. This encyclopedia includes 580 articles written by 200 scholars, selected from many countries. The subjects include art, contemporary facts, culture, history, geography, economics, defense, human rights, industrial growth, the judicial system, education, medical science, nuclear programs, politics, religion, secularism, theater, trade, and women. All articles are signed, and they present accurate information with bibliographies. This work includes sections on primary source documents, a selected annotated bibliography, a glossary of terms, and a comprehensive index. More than 300 illustrations, charts, beautiful maps, photographs, and sidebars, along with a thematic outline of the text and chronologies of all major South Asian countries, augment the work. The entries are arranged alphabetically. This very useful educational resource will enhance readers' knowledge of the great civilization of India. It is an excellent addition to the growing literature on the subject. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries; all levels." --Choice, July 2006

— Daniel Boice

"Historian Wolpert has assembled an outstanding cast of 200 contributors to write 580 articles describing the history of one of the world's oldest civilizations - it gave us Buddhism, Hinduism, and ancient philosophies like yoga and Vedanta." --Library Journal, April 15, 2007

— Daniel Boice

"...the encyclopedia is well organized, authoritative, clearly written, and clearly needed given the absence of any other current encyclopedia of India. Written on a level suitable for the educated lay reader, this title is recommended for academic, high school, and public libraries as well as collections specializing in the subcontinent." --Library Journal, May 2006

— Daniel Boice

"This set is easy to navigate due to its thematic outline of contents and its index. Users unfamiliar with India will find the work easy to understand and scholars will find it useful due to its in-depth articles and thorough bibliographies. This work is highly recommended for university reference collections and large public libraries." --ARBA, March 2007

— Daniel Boice

"A welcome contribution to Southeast Asian studies, Encyclopedia of India provides a comprehensive overview of the country's history, geography, ethnography, art, religion, language, economics, law, education, science, politics, medicine and more. Recommended for academic and large public libraries." --Booklist, April 2006

— Daniel Boice