The Definitive History

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D. R. SarDesai presents the history of India in its entire civilizational depth. Using an Indiacentric approach, (as opposed to the Eurocentric or Anglocentric) the book covers the process of change in India through the centuries affecting different segments of the society, including the subalterns. He deals with the sweep of traditional Indian history as well as with the post-independence events, judicially balancing narrative and analysis in the conceptual framework of postcolonial and postmodernist approaches. This is the first major survey which deals with the entire Indian history along the lines of tradition and modernity instead of the old and largely inapplicable divisions of ancient, medieval and modern time frames. In adopting such a periodization, the book supports what is followed by most instructors in their courses on India.
Utilizing a nonwestern, indigenous approach, award-winning author D.R. SarDesai presents the history of India in its entire civilizational depth

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While the relatively short era of British rule was important to Indian history, it "does not warrant a blow-by-blow account of each governor-general's tenure in India," notes SarDesai (Indian history, U. of California at Los Angeles) in his preface to this history of Indian society and politics. However, pre-British Indian modes of thought, social behaviors, political idioms, and religious practices continue to be relevant to present day India and he therefore devotes much of the work to discussion of the premodern period, from the Vedic age through the Mughals and the rise of the Marathas and the Sikhs. He also devotes considerable attention to the Indian nationalist movement, the experience of partition, and post-Independence. The bulk of the focus is domestic, but India's foreign policy receives some brief attention in the form of a final chapter. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boulder, CO : Westview Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780813343525
Characteristics: xxiv, 486 p. : map ; 24 cm


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