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 ...
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.
I am about 2/3rds through this text. It is very good for a broad overview of an incredibly long and diverse region's history. There are a few inaccuracies and a few points where the authors do not go into depth on an issue that is of great importance to many people, as pointed out by my history instructor and my own general knowledge, but that is to be expected in any text written by a human (personal viewpoints always work their way in). I would recommend this for a history course looking broadly at India's history, but not for a class going in depth on key historical moments.
Sep 4, 2008
Interesting, Informative and Readable
As we are about to journey to India, I went looking for a short history of India - This book was recommended and I found it a very good suggestion - Not only is it an 'easy read', its packed with information on the country, its people, its culture and the factors that influenced its development into the nation we know today - Im sure the book's 460 pages didnt fully cover the subject, but for someone interested in India either superficially or wanting an introduction this is a good place to start - I read it with interest and plan to re-read it just prior to our departure...
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