Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 January 2015

256 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190202491

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Brief History of a Civilization

Second Edition

Thomas R. Trautmann

India: Brief History of a Civilization, Second Edition, provides a brief overview of a very long period, allowing students to acquire a mental map of the entire history of Indian civilization in a short book. Most comprehensive histories devote a few chapters to the early history of India and an increasing number of pages to the more recent period, giving an impression that early history is mere background and that Indian civilization finds its fulfillment in the nation-state. Thomas R. Trautmann believes that the deep past lives on and is a valuable resource for understanding the present day and for creating a viable future. The result is a book that is short enough to read in a few sittings, but comprehensive in coverage--5,000 years of India in brief.

New to this Edition:

  • More discussion of climate, landscape, and human settlement in early Indian history
  • New maps
  • Two new sections: "The Epics: Mahabharata and Ramayana" and "South India and the Deccan"
  • A substantially revised discussion of the influence of Indian civilization upon Southeast Asia that examines the concept of "Indianizing kingdoms," looking at how aspects of Indian civilization were spread through the international trade in luxuries and diplomatic relations of Indian kings with kings of Southeast Asia