India by John Keay
A History

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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.
 

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John Keay's recent books include Sowing the Wind: the Mismanagement of the Middle East 1900-1960 and Last Post: The End of Empire in the Far East.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Grove Press. 640 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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He has small patience with European apologists who insist that India fell into Europe’s lap almost by accident, like an overripe fruit, insisting instead that Indian corruption was nothing compared to the power of European arms and the overarching desire for empire.

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In this nicely detailed chronicle, British historian Keay (India: A History) portrays the arduous half-century Great Arc project as a pathbreaking scientific undertaking and as an adventure that transcended politics.

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For 213 years, beginning around 1700, the ``incorrigible pioneering'' of merchant traders of the East India Company furthered the ``peculiarly diffuse character'' of the British Empire.

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Nor was British-ruled India peaceful, he adds, because India became a launch pad for British wars against Indonesia, Nepal and Burma, for the invasion of Afghanistan and the quashing of native revolts--often with the coerced participation of Indian troops.

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As for Everest, as soon as the Great Arc was complete in 1843, he retired to England.

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Pages: 576John keay regards himself as neither an academic nor a historian, more a person who has been fascinated by history since he read the subject as an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford.

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