India: Brief History of a Civilization
India: Brief History of a Civilization provides a brief overview of a very long period, allowing students to acquire a mental map of the entire history of Indian civilization in a short book. Most comprehensive histories devote a few chapters to the early history of India and an increasing number of pages to the more recent period, giving an impression that early history is mere background and that Indian civilization finds its fulfillment in the nation-state. Thomas R. Trautmann believes that the deep past lives on and is a valuable resource for understanding the present day and for creating a viable future. The result is a book that is short enough to read in a few sittings, but comprehensive in coverage--5,000 years of India in brief.
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Review: India: Brief History of a CivilizationUser Review - Goodreads
A very nice overview of early Indian history.
Review: India: Brief History of a CivilizationUser Review - Alex - Goodreads
This book tells the tale of Indian civilization so concisely and is so engaging that I actually find myself wanting to sit down and read it over and over again like a novel. Read full review