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A History of India Paperback – January 10, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0415154826 ISBN-10: 0415154820 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (January 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415154820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415154826
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,214,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Kulke and Rothermund's work provides an authoritative and detailed account of the structural pattern of Indian history. Through first rate scholarship, the authors have done a fabulous work in delineating the various nuances of India's glorius historical past while presenting readers with a much needed and highly readable survey." Mohammed Badrul Alam, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

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Original Language: German --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tom L. Forest on November 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is mercifully brief on the deconstruction of literary sources that South Asian area studies are prone to and (again quoting the on-target cover copy) "emphasises and analyses the structural pattern of Indian history." I wish it was longer than 335 pages.
The first 2/3 of the book covers the pre-British period -- a good fraction. While relating more of the military viscitudes than I would like, there is some consideration of social, religious, and economic issues as well as ruling strategies. And the focus on 'great empires' is less than in most Indian histories, which is good since India has spent much more time disunited than united.
Kulke and Rothermund break with the Hindu/Islamic/British periodization of Indian history, breaking periods before the Guptas and before the Mughals. All in all, it is a substantial improvement over Romila Thapar's effort, and a huge improvement over Stanley Wolpert's book.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1998
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This is a thoughtful and well researched book. It answers some of the questions which bother most Indians are we aryans or dravidians, how did the indus valley civilization dissappear . The manner in which they explain the myths like the one about the vijayanagar empire tells us about the research put in by the authors. I would recommend this book to novices as well as connosieurs of Indian history
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10 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 30, 2000
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This book is, like most other books on India, a Eurocentric view of the subject. It's shortcomings have been well documented by Dilip Chakrabarti, the archaeology professor at Cambridge University, in his seminal book COLONIAL INDOLOGY.
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10 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 1999
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This is a heavy tome on a very confusing subject. I was introduced to it in my Civ. class at the UofC. Considering the fact that the imperialist dogs have been the only ones to write an Indian history, much of it is jumbled and false. Kulke and Rothermund do an admirable job of presenting a fairly accurate history. Reads like a text book but nevertheless very readable.
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