South Asia in World History

ISBN : 9780195176537

Marc Jason Gilbert
204 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2017
New Oxford World History
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It can be said of South Asia what has long been said of its great epic poem, the Mahabharata: "there is nothing in it that cannot be found elsewhere in the world and nothing in the world that cannot be found there." South Asia's historic trans-regional connections to the wider world include the trade between its most ancient civilization with Sumer and central Asia, the diffusion beyond its shores of three of the world's major religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism), its cultural encounters with the Greeks, Islam, European imperialism, the spread of it cuisine (from crystalized sugar to "curry"), and its architecture (including the world's most recognized building, the Taj Mahal). While these connections have insured that South Asia has always loomed large in the consideration of the world's collective past, its societies are currently undergoing a transformation that may enable them to rival the United States and China as the world's largest economy. This study employs accessible language and an engaging narrative to provide insight into how world historical processes, from changes in environment to the movement of peoples and ideas, have shaped and continue to shape the history of South Asia and its place in the wider world.


Editors' Preface
Chapter 1 South Asia and the World to 1500 BCE
Chapter 2 The Vedic Age, 1500 to 500 BCE
Chapter 3 South Asia's Classical Age: 325 BCE to 711 CE
Chapter 4 Islam in South Asia, c. 711 to 1556
Chapter 5 The Great Mughals: c. 1556-1757
Chapter 6 From Company State to Crown Rule, c. 1757-1877
Chapter 7 From the Rise of Nationalism to Independence, 1885-1948
Chapter 8 Tryst with Destiny: South Asia and the World, 1947 to the Present
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About the author: 

Marc Jason Gilbert is the NEH Endowed Chair of World History at Hawai'i Pacific University. A founding member of the World History Association, he has edited or authored numerous books on modern South and Southeast Asian history, including The Vietnam War: Teaching Approaches and Resources and World Civilizations: The Global Experience.

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