India: Brief History of a Civilization

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Oxford University Press, 2011 - History - 238 pages
India: A 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 increasingnumber 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 forcreating 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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Thomas R. Trautmann is Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is the author of several books, including Languages and Nations: The Dravidian Proof in Colonial Madras (2006) and Aryans and British India (2004), and is the editor of The Aryan Debate (OUP,2008).

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