eBook Understanding India: The History of India, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615302018
  • ISBN-13: 9781615302017
  • DDC: 954
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
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Because of its natural wealth, India has long been a tempting prize for invaders, yet foreign forces such as the Mughal Empire and the British did not destroy India's vibrant spirit. Rather, external influences often became absorbed into the mix of different peoples, languages, religions, and regional traditions, creating a lasting culture of great depth. This book recounts the history of India and much of present-day Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the factors that have contributed to India's epic economic successes in recent times. Memorable images texture the narrative and vividly animate the story of this unique nation.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: The Beginnings of India's History.
2: From the Paleolithic Period to the Decline of the Indus Civilization.
3: The Early Prehistoric Period.
4: The Indian Paleolithic.
5: Mesolithic Hunters.
6: The Earliest Agriculturalists and Pastoralists.
7: Neolithic Agriculture in the Indus Valley and Baluchistan.
8: Developments in the Ganges Basin.
9: Earliest Settlements in Peninsular India.
10: Earliest Settlements in Eastern India.
11: The Rise of Urbanism in the Indus Valley.
12: Extent and Chronology of Early Harappan Culture.
13: Principal Sites.
14: Subsistence and Technology.
15: Culture and Religion.
16: Indus River.
17: The Indus Civilization.
18: Character and Significance.
19: Chronology.
20: Extent.
21: Planning and Architecture.
22: Important Sites.
23: Population.
24: Agriculture and Animal Husbandry.
25: Communications.
26: Craft and Technology.
27: Trade and External Contacts.
28: Language and Scripts, Weights and Measures.
29: Social and Political System.
30: Art.
31: Religion and Burial Customs.
32: The End of the Indus Civilization.
33: Post-Harappan Developments.
34: The Post-Urban Period in Northwestern India.
35: The Appearance of Indo-Aryan Speakers.
36: The Late 2nd Millennium and the Reemergence of Urbanism.
37: Peninsular India in the Aftermath of the Indus Civilization (c. 2000–1000 BCE).
38: The Development of Indian Civilization from c. 1500 BCE to 300 CE.
39: Traditional Approaches to Indian Historiography.
40: Trends in Early Indian Society.
41: From c. 1500 to c. 500 BCE.
42: Early Vedic Period.
43: Vedic Religion.
44: The Beginning of the Historical Period, c. 500–150 BCE.
45: Pre-Mauryan States.
46: Jainism.
47: The Mauryan Empire.
48: The Concept of the State.
49: From 150 BCE to 300 CE.
50: Rise of Small Kingdoms in the North.
51: Southern Indian Kingdoms.
52: Contacts with the West.
53: Society and Culture.
54: Developments from 300 to c. 1200 CE.
55: From 300 to 750 CE.
56: Northern India under the Guptas.
57: Successor States to the Guptas.
58: The Deccan.
59: Deccan.
60: Southern India.
61: Society and Culture.
62: From 750 to c. 1200.
63: Northern India.
64: The Deccan and the South.
65: Society and Culture.
66: Northern India in the Early Muslim Period.
67: The Delhi Sultanate.
68: The Turkish Conquest.
69: The Early Turkish Sultans.
70: Slave Dynasty.
71: Consolidation of Turkish Rule.
72: The Khaljīs.
73: Centralization and Expansion.
74: Taxation and Distribution of Revenue Resources.
75: Expansion and Conquests.
76: The Urban Economy.
77: The Tughluqs.
78: Reversal and Rebellion.
79: Society and the State under the Tughluqs.
80: Decline of the Sultanate.
81: The Post-Delhi Sultanate Period.
82: The Rise of Regional States.
83: Struggle for Supremacy in Northern India.
84: Southern India in the Early Muslim Period.
85: The Muslim States of Southern India, c. 1350–1680.
86: The Bahmani Sultanate.
87: Successors to the Bahmani.
88: The Vijayanagar Empire, 1336–1646.
89: Development of the State.
90: Vijayanagar.
91: Later Dynasties.
92: Decline of Vijayanagar.
93: Administration of the Empire.
94: The Mughal Empire, 1526–1761.
95: The Significance of Mughal Rule.
96: The Establishment of the Mughal Empire.
97: Bābur.
98: Humāyūn.
99: Sher Shah and His Successors.
100: Restoration of Humāyūn.
101: The Reign of Akbar the Great.
102: Extension and Consolidation of the Empire.
103: The State and Society under Akbar.
104: Akbar in Historical Perspective.
105: The Empire in the 17th Century.
106: Jahāngīr.
107: Shah Jahān.
108: Taj Mahal.
109: Aurangzeb.
110: Mughal Decline in the 18th Century.
111: The Sikh Uprisings.
112: Cracks in the Core.
113: Struggle for a New Power Centre.
114: The Emperor, the Nobility, and the Provinces.
115: Nādir Shah's Invasion.
116: The Afghan-Maratha Struggle for Northern India.
117: Political and Economic Decentralization During the Mughal Decline.
118: Regional States, c. 1700–1850.
119: The Marathas.
120: Early History.
121: Rise of the Peshwas.
122: Subordinate Maratha Rulers.
123: Mughal Mystique in the 18th Century.
124: The Afghan Factor in Northern India, 1747–1772.
125: The Sikhs in the Punjab.
126: Early History.
127: From Banda Singh Bahadur to Ranjit Singh.
128: Rajasthan in the 18th Century.
129: Sikhism.
130: The South: Travancore and Mysore.
131: Politics and the Economy.
132: Cultural Aspects of the Late Precolonial Order.
133: European Activity in India, 1498–c. 1765.
134: The Portuguese.
135: The Dutch.
136: The British, 1600–1740.
137: Kolkata.
138: The French.
139: The Anglo-French Struggle, 1740–63.
140: European Military Superiority.
141: Revolution in Bengal.
142: The Period of Disorder, 1760–72.
143: The Extension of British Power, c. 1765–1856.
144: The Company Bahadur.
145: The Company and the State.
146: Relations with the Marathas and Mysore.
147: The Ascent to Paramountcy.
148: The Government of Lord Wellesley.
149: The Government of Lord Minto.
150: The Government of Lord Hastings.
151: The Settlement of 1818.
152: Organization and Policy in British India.
153: Organization.
154: The Determination of Policy.
155: The Completion of Dominion and Expansion.
156: Ranjit Singh.
157: The First Century of British Influence.
158: Political Effects.
159: Economic Effects.
160: Social Effects.
161: Cultural Effects.
162: British India from the Mutiny to World War I.
163: The Mutiny and Great Revolt of 1857–59.
164: Nature and Causes of the Rebellion.
165: The Revolt and Its Aftermath.
166: Climax of the Raj, 1858–85.
167: Government of India Act of 1858.
168: Social Policy.
169: Government Organization.
170: Economic Policy and Development.
171: Foreign Policy.
172: The Northwest Frontier.
173: The Second Afghan War.
174: The Incorporation of Burma.
175: Indian Nationalism and the British Response, 1885–1920.
176: Origins of the Nationalist Movement.
177: Sir Surendranath Banerjea.
178: The Early Congress Movement.
179: The First Partition of Bengal.
180: Nationalism in the Muslim Community.
181: Reforms of the British Liberals.
182: Moderate and Militant Nationalism.
183: British India from World War I to 1947.
184: World War I and Its Aftermath.
185: India's Contributions to the War Effort.
186: Anti-British Activity.
187: The Postwar Years.
188: Jallianwala Bagh Massacre.
189: Gandhi's Strategy.
190: Satyagraha.
191: Prelude to Independence, 1920–1947.
192: Constitutional Reforms.
193: The Congress's Ambivalent Strategy.
194: Muslim Separatism.