India : A Concise History (REV UPD SU)

India : A Concise History (REV UPD SU)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 200 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780500283738
  • DDC分類 954

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Francis Watson's acclaimed history of India begins in the third millennium BC with the Indus Valley civilization. The subsequent influx of pastoral nomads, first in a long series of invasions from the north-west which included the Moghuls nearly 3,000 years later, established the Vedic religious tradition. In a gradual assimilation of popular cults, and a formalization by the Sanskrit language and the institution of caste, this tradition supplied the cohesion upon which a national consciousness, in its Western sense, is a comparatively recent grafting. The enduring distinctiveness of India, its widely recognized but often bewildering 'diversity of unity', emerges from these pages as a product of geographical simplicity and historical complexity.