A History of India

5th Edition

By Hermann Kulke, Dietmar Rothermund

© 2010 – Routledge

368 pages | 35 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

A History of India presents the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present in a compact and readable survey. The authors examine the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent. Providing an authoritative and detailed account, Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund emphasise and analyse the structural pattern of Indian history.

Revised throughout, the fifth edition of this highly accessible book brings the history of India up to date to consider, for example, the elections of 2009. In addition a great deal more material on cultural history, art and architecture has been included in the book, including 20 new illustrations.

Heavily illustrated with notes and glossary, this is an attractive and useful student guide to Indian history.


'Kulke and Rothermund's work provides and authoritative and detailed account of the structural pattern of Indian history. Through first-rate scholarship, the authors have done a fabulous work in delineating the various nuances of India's glorious historical past while presenting the readers with a much needed and highly readable survey.' – Contemporary South Asia

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction: History and the Environment 1. Early Civilizations of the Northwest 2. The Great Ancient Empires 3. The Regional Kingdoms of Early Medieval India 4. Religious Communities and Military Feudalism in the late Middle Ages 5. The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Empire 6. The Period of Colonial Rule 7. The Freedom Movement and the Partition of India 8. The Republic Perspectives Glossary of Indian terms. Chronology. Bibliography and Notes

About the Authors

Hermann Kulke is Professor of Asian History at the University of Kiel. His books include Kings and Cults: State Formation and Legitimation in India and Southeast Asia. In 2010 he was awarded the the order of "Padma Shri" by the Indian government. Dietmar Rothermund is Professor and Head of History at the South Asian Institute, University of Heidelberg. His books include An Economic History of India and Mahatma Gandhi: An Essay in Political Biography.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia