By Burton Stein
This new version of Burton Stein's vintage A historical past of India builds at the good fortune of the unique to supply an up-to-date narrative of the advance of Indian society, tradition, and politics from 7000 BC to the present.New variation of Burton Stein’s vintage textual content presents a story from 7000 BC as much as the twenty-first centuryIncludes up to date and prolonged assurance of the fashionable interval, with a brand new bankruptcy protecting the dying of Nehru in 1964 to the presentExpands assurance of India's inner political and financial improvement, and its wider diplomatic position within the regionFeatures a brand new creation, up to date thesaurus and extra interpreting sections, and various figures, pictures and completely revised maps
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Two aspects of the idea of ‘community’ in India should be noted. The first is that from an early time communities were in some sort of relationship with states. The relations could be mutual and symbiotically nurturing, such as those between ruling lineages of clans and the generality of clansmen which long endured in Rajasthan. Alternatively, relations between communities and states could be confrontational, as they were in some instances between Muslim rulers and the communities they designated ‘Hindu’.
The peaceful displacement of Jainism and Buddhism in the north contrasts starkly with the violent suppression of both by devotees of the new devotional (bhakti) worship of Shiva in the south: the proudest boast of the new kings of the Pallava and Pandyan kingdoms was that they had slaughtered Jainas. Such claims have embarrassed modern historians but not moved them to offer explanations. One possible explanation for the violence could focus on the different ways in which commerce and communities were structured in the southern peninsula.
Only a fraction of the number of pages given to the contemporary period of less than two centuries are devoted here to tracing the formation of Indian civilization, from about 7000 bce to 500 ce. This is often the case for general histories and the practice may be justified on the grounds that for writer and reader alike the more recent is often more familiar as well as better documented. In addition, the historian of the present necessarily applies the tools and methods peculiar to his or her own time.
A History of India, Second Edition by Burton Stein