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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

A History of India

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230279810
Publication Date July 2011
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Essential Histories series

Peter Robb's clear, fluent narrative explores the interplay between India's empires and regions of rule, custom and belief, from early times right up to the present. The new edition of this established text has been revised to incorporate the latest scholarship and now includes a Chronology and an extended and updated final chapter.

PETER ROBB is Research Professor in the History of India at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK. He has published widely on the history of India and South Asia.

List of Maps
List of Boxes and Tables
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface and Acknowledgements
Indian Words and Names
Introduction: Region and Civilization
Early India
Medieval India
Early Modern India I: Mughals and Marathas
Early Modern India II: Company Raj
Modern India I: Government
Modern India II: Politics
Modern India III: Society
Modern India IV: Economy
Modern India and the World
References and Readings


Praise for the first edition: '... his book is accessible in new ways for even the lay Indian reader.' - The Hindu (Indian)'This is a rich and seriously intelligent set of discussions on India which is marked throughout by excellent judgement.' - Francis Robinson, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society'...masterfully surveys the trends, issues, and movements that have resulted in modern India...Highly recommended.' - D. C. Johnson, Choice'A superbly written history of India since ancient times...which achieves the rare feat of addressing social and economic issues, ignored in other surveys, in a style which is detailed and erudite yet consistently accessible. A considerable achievement.' - Crispin Bates, University of Edinburgh, UKPraise for the second edition:'I welcome this new edition of Peter Robb's rich and thoughtful A History of India. Its new final chapter is a beautifully measured piece of writing which, while acknowledging India's remarkable economic transition over the past two decades, does sound important notes of caution – the continuing problems of infrastructure, but much more importantly the continuing problems of inequality. An essential introduction.' - Francis Robinson CBE, Royal Holloway University of London, UK'An excellent history from one of the most respected historians of India. The revisions and the new chapter clearly improve the book by providing additional assessment and bringing the treatment of Indian history up to the present.' - Ian Barrow, Middlebury College, USA
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