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by Stanley Wolpert

After more than twenty years in print, A New History of India continues to be the most readable and popular one-volume history of India currently available. Wolpert has condensed over 4,000 years of India's continuity and development into a graceful and engaging text. He discusses modern India's rapidly growing population and even more rapidly expanding industry and economy, and also considers the prospects for India's future. Wolpert strives to record India's history both fairly and truthfully, portraying with clarity and intensity the brightest achievements of Indian civilization and the dark depths of its persistent socio-sexual inequities and its economic and political corruption. Now in its sixth edition, this book has been thoroughly revised and updated to include a new preface and a new final chapter reflecting the significant social, political, and economic issues that have arisen since 1997. A New History of India remains the most illuminating account of India, bringing students up-to-date on the current problems India faces. It is an essential text for courses that focus on the history of India and an ideal book for readers interested in exploring India's past, present, and future.
Download A New History of India epub
ISBN: 019512877X
ISBN13: 978-0195128772
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Stanley Wolpert
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 6 edition (November 25, 1999)
Pages: 528 pages
ePUB size: 1238 kb
FB2 size: 1134 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Stanley Wolpert delivers one of the most concise yet thorough accounts of Indian history to date. He does an excellent job of looking at the development of the subcontinent from the days of BC to the modern Tamil and Pakistani conflicts afflicting the nation today. I read this book to get a background on India as a whole and was not disappointed in its quality. It goes into enough detail to understand the story of how India developed as a country with excellent references on where to get more information. Whether you are looking for a basic textbook of India or an introduction to a study for further use this is a great place to start. From a historical standpoint it is very difficult to write a great survey book but this delivers on every possible expectation for a survey. For those who have knowledge on this subject they may find this book maddeningly frustrating or subject to bias and revisionism however from a novice standpoint I do not see much evidence of that. The citations clearly point to sources where ideas come from and they can be verified through independent reading. Highly recommend for those wanting to learn more about India and how it developed as a nation.
A very good book. Though concise, it covers the entire period from prehistory to modern times. It is also a very true portrayal of the British rule.
Has some vital information on India if you can make it through the first 100 pages.
A New History of India by Stanley Wolpert is a one-volume history of India. Unfortunately, it is not a very good one. It appears to be written as a textbook and has many of the faults of textbooks covering such a vast subject. I often felt I needed an expert on Indian history to fill in the gaps. While one can empathize with the tremendous task of writing a one volume history of any country, the great failing of this book is that it does not give the reader a good overall perspective on the political and socio-economic development of the country. Additionally, there are poor linkages between one era and the next as the book moves from ancient to more modern times.

This history starts by providing an ecological setting and tracing the history of the Indus peoples from circa 2500 BC forward. These chapters are very short and bereft of the details one needs to understand the development of the culture, politics, and economics of the country. There is a lot more to be said about early Indian history than is provided here. Often the book jumps from one theme or era to another without adequate connections to provide an understanding of the significance of events. This is even true of the chapters on the Mughal Empire, although here the text does a slightly better job.

The book is on much firmer ground when discussing modern Indian history, starting with the gradual absorption of India into the British Empire. There are fuller details and linkages between events leaving the reader with a better understanding of this era in Indian history. Nevertheless, there are still gaps in providing the reader with enough information and insight to fully appreciate India's development.

As a result of these shortcomings, I cannot recommend this book to the general reader.
Typical western nonsense regurgitating the same rubbish propagated by the liberal marxist professors in India. Mediocre assumptions through a bias lens.

Anyone interested in a perspective in line with what the majority of Indians consider their history should examine Francois Gautier History of India. A French journalist who has spent over 40 years living in India.
Wolpert's _History of India_ is an excellent introduction to the rich and complex history of the subcontinent. The opening chapters detailing the geography and pre-history of India are solid, his discussion of the gradual "Aryanization" of India with its attendant cultural, sociological and religious impacts are among the best I've read, and his extensive attention to the Mughals was both fascinating and clear in its exposition of the impact and influence of this period in India's history. In terms of a broad overview of Indian history up to its independence, this would be my first choice for those interested in a survey on Indian history. The most troublesome areas I found in the book were his treatment of India's history since independence.

While the political struggle and internal conflicts are presented in an objective manner, I wish Wolpert had given equal attention to the economic and social changes India has contended with since 1947. As a previous review points out, it seems as if very little has changed in India since the early 1970s. The socio-economic changes the sub-continent has experienced in the last 40 years is of tremendous importance, but it is scarcely addressed at all, to my disappointment. I similarly wish Wolpert had provided as much detail to the Gaupta and Kushan empires as he does to the Mughals and the period of British colonialism.

I immensely enjoyed Wolpert's writing style, and he provides much important historical context in understanding India; the chapters on early Indian history (Gaupta and Kushan periods) are not as strong as his later chapters on India's history, which is to the book's detriment. His lack of attention to the rapid changes India is experiencing more recently is similarly disappointing. In spite of this, there is much to like here - clearly I am of two minds regading this history. With a revised edition, this would certainly be a 5-star book. As it stands, Keay's India: A History. Revised and Updated is my first choice of a survey on Indian history.