India: Brief History of a Civilization

Paperback | February 5, 2015

byThomas R. Trautmann

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This is an introductory overview of Indian Civilization, intended as a first book for students, comprehensive in coverage but brief enough to be read in a few sittings. It gives a big-picture survey of 5,000 years of history in South Asia, from the beginnings of farming, cities and writing, tothe present. It gives readers new to the topic a map of the territory and the tools to take on more advanced and specialized readings.It comes from the author's many years of teaching an introductory course on Indian Civilization and trying out many different textbooks, only to find that the students complained that there was too much detail and too many difficult-to-master proper names of persons, places and things, and technicalterms in Sanskrit and other languages. Eventually the author began writing a text for his students, giving it to them in course-pack form, and collecting their comments on the drafts. This text is the result of several years of field-testing and feedback from his students. It is illustrated with over 20 original drawings, which bring out the significant features of objects better than photographs can, and 13 original maps. The book has been adopted as a text for courses on Indian civilization across North America. It has been issued in India as well, where it will be going into a second edition, and an Italian translation has recently been published.

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This is an introductory overview of Indian Civilization, intended as a first book for students, comprehensive in coverage but brief enough to be read in a few sittings. It gives a big-picture survey of 5,000 years of history in South Asia, from the beginnings of farming, cities and writing, tothe present. It gives readers new to the to...

Thomas R. Trautmann wrote this book for students of his Indian Civilization class, which he taught for many years at the University of Michigan. He is Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology of the University of Michigan. He was educated at Beloit College, Delhi University and the University of London. His fields of study, teac...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 5, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0190202491

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IllustrationsAbout the Book1. IntroductionIndia, Indians, Indian CivilizationThe History of Indian CivilizationThe Landscape of Indian Civilization2. The Beginnings of Indian CivilizationMohenjo-daro and HarappaEconomy, Technology, WritingReligionOrigin and Destiny of the Indus Civilization3. The Vedic AgeThe Rig VedaIndo-European, Indo-Iranian, Indo-AryanThe Later VedaThe Epics: Mahabharata and Ramayana4. New Religions, New EmpiresReligions of RenunciationThe Rise of MagadhaThe Mauryas5. Classical IndiaThe Formation of Classical Indian Civilization (187 BCE-320 CE)The Classical Age (320-600 CE)Late Classical Indian Civilization (600-1000 CE)6. Family, Society, PolityFamilySocietyPolity7. MentalitiesReligionLawScienceClassical Arts and Letters8. The World That India MadeCentral AsiaEast AsiaSoutheast AsiaThe Middle East and Europe9. Turks and MughalsIslam and IndiaTurksMughals10. EuropeansEuorpean MerchantsBritish RuleIndia and European Civilization11. The Nation-StateThe Emergence of Indian NationalismGandhi and JinnahPartition and Independence12. New NationsThe Republic of IndiaPakistan and BangladeshNepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and the MaldivesIndian Civilization and the FutureFurther ReadingNotesBibliographyIndex

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"The writing is wonderful...This book is comprehensive, yet short; scholarly, yet accessible; inexpensive, and the one book I would recommend to anyone who would like a great introduction to Indian history." --Sylvia Gray, Portland Community College