India - Resource Bibliography

Publications - India

India - A History

By John Keay
Grove Press (2011)
640 Pages

Fully revised with forty thousand new words that take the reader up to present-day India, John Keay’s India: A History spans five millennia in a sweeping narrative that tells the story of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus to the events in the region today. In charting the evolution of the rich tapestry of cultures, religions, and peoples that comprise the modern nations of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, Keay weaves together insights from a variety of scholarly fields to create a rich historical narrative. Wide-ranging and authoritative, India: A History is a compelling epic portrait of one of the world’s oldest and most richly diverse civilizations.

India - A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200

By Burjor Avari
Routledge (2016)
354 Pages

This carefully crafted study presents the fascinating story of the development and establishment of India’s culture and civilization from early pre-history through to the early second millennium.

Encompassing topics such as the Harappan Civilization, the rise of Hindu culture, the influx of Islam in the eighth and the eleventh/twelfth centuries and key empires, states and dynasties, India: The Ancient Past engages with methodological and controversial issues.
 

Early India - From the Origins to AD 1300

By Romila Thapar
University of California Press (2004)
586 Pages

Early India represents a complete rewriting by Romila Thapar of her classic work, A History of India (the first volume in the Penguin History of India series), thirty-five years after it was first published. Thapar has incorporated the vast changes in scholarly understanding and interpretation of Indian history that have occurred during her lifetime to revise the book for a new generation of readers. This new work brings to life thousands of years of history, tracing India's evolution before contact with modern Europe was established.

A History of India -  Volume 1

By Romila Thapar
Penguin Books (1990)
384 Pages

The first volume traces the evolution of India before contact with modern Europe was established in the sixteenth century, highlighting the many manifestations of Indian culture as seen in religion, art and literature, in ideas and institutions. In volume two, emphasis is placed on the unity of texture in the development of Indian society.

A History of India -  Volume 2

By Percival Spear 
Penguin Books (1990)
304 Pages

This second volume of a classic introduction to India's history deals with the Mughal and British periods, tracing the continuities that pervaded them. Mughal rule is seen as the precondition for the modern age ushered in by the British, and the Raj as the harbinger of Western civilization in India.

 

The Great Courses - India

 

Documentaries - India   

The Story of India

2009 – PBS

Hosted by noted historian Michael Wood, this documentary series explores the many facets of Indian society, including the arts, spiritual traditions, the diverse population, the rising high-tech business community and more.

The Mughals

2006 – History

WARRIOR EMPIRE: THE MUGHALS is a sweeping, in-depth portrait of India's most colorful, violent, and majestic era. From 1526 to 1858, this dynasty of nomadic warriors indulged their appetite for territorial expansion, spreading their rule throughout the Indian subcontinent. Though they conquered their kingdom with crushing brutality, the Mughals were also brilliant technological innovators and masters of art and architecture. 

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