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History of India Books – Collection – India is History

About 1,000 books at the Internet Archive on the history of India. Some books: Terrorism in India, Forts of India, Women in India, Socialist Transformation of Indian Economy, India and Ceylon: unity and diversity, My Indian Mutiny Diary, Nationalism and Reform in India, Sources of Indian Tradition, The Kashmir Problem: a historical survey, Cities of Ancient India, The Fortified Cities of India, The Social Renaissance in India, Early India and Pakistan: to Ashoka, British Rule in India: an assessment. Many more books on India history free online. About history of India.

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Historical Resources of India – Collection – India is History

About 4,500 books at the Internet Archive in English, most of which are related to the history of India. Publication dates range from the early 18th century to the present day. Some titles: The Wonder that Was India, The Indian War of Independence 1857, The Nayaks of Tanjore, History of Kerala, Twentieth Century Impressions of Ceylon, Southern India, The Dutch and English East India Companies, Chiefs and Leading Families in Rajputana, Ancient Jaffna, History of Travancore from the earliest times, History of the Sikhs, Handbooks for the Indian Army: Gurkhas, Indian Islamic Architecture. There are also a number of dictionaries, including Sanskrit-English, Pukkhto, Telugu-English, Nepali Grammar & Vocabulary, English-Konkani. Many more books on India history free online.

Hind Swaraj – India and Self-Rule – Collection – India is History

About 1,300 books at the Internet Archive, mostly in English. Although the collection description emphasizes that the theme is self-rule, with a special focus on the works of Mahatma Gandhi, the subject matter appears to be much wider than that. Some titles: History and Culture of the Indian People (many volumes), Life of Mahatma Gandhi, History of Indian Journalism, Courts of India Past to Present, Outlines of Indian Legal History, Women of India, Economic History of India, Patel: A Life, P.V. Narasimha Rao: Selected Speeches, Who’s Who of Indian Martyrs, History of Indian Railways, Founders of Philosophy, and many more. Free books about Indian Culture and History.

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Politics and Government in India since 1947 – India is History

About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “India – Politics and Government – 1947-“. Some books: Indian Administration, Uncertain India: a political profile of two decades of freedom, India and Parliament, The Government and Politics of India, Muslims in Free India, The Idea of India, India: government and politics in a developing nation, India and Pakistan: a political analysis, Cabinet Government in India, many more books on Politics in Post-Independence India. Indian history free books online, history of South Asia books

India: A Global Studies Handbook – India is History

Blackwell, Fritz
ABC-CLIO 2004

India: A Global Studies Handbook unites the geography, history, culture, notable people, and events into a wide-ranging yet concise work that brings this fascinating land to the page. Of interest to academic and general audiences, this volume presents an uncomplicated look at the varied, bustling nation of India. From geography that includes the Himalayas to a cultural fabric built upon the often-criticized caste system, India remains a land of mystery and intrigue.

Eight Months’ Campaign against the Bengal Sepoy Army, During the Mutiny of 1857 – India is History

Bourchier, George
London: Smith, Elder 1858 Dewey Dec. 954

“A horse gunner’s Mutiny experiences. Bourchier’s is a well known and highly regarded eyewitness account of the Indian Mutiny as experienced and reported by an officer of that most famous of Indian Army corps d’elite – The Red Men; the galloping gunners of the Bengal Horse Artillery. The author describes the outbreak of the Mutiny and early actions leading toward the siege and fall of Delhi-including bloody street fighting-in all its appalling violence. Bourchier takes his reader with his battery on the pursuit to Cawnpore, the Relief of Lucknow and the destruction of the Gwalior Contingent. This is an account of warfare told with the passion one would expect from a participant who irrespective of his military duties was constantly concerned for the safety of his wife and children. Essential reading for all those interested in the period.” -Publisher. Indian history book free online.

White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India – India is History

Dalrymple, William
Penguin 2003 Dewey Dec. 954

“The cross-cultural romance between Khair un-Nissa and James Achilles Kirkpatrick – the gripping central narrative of this book – is an extraordinary tale… In “White Mughals” [the author] has pulled off a tour de force of scholarly research. Academics rarely let themselves get so close and the result is a veritable travelogue through the past, packed with detail and sense of place. The book breathes. … Mr. Dalrymple researches like a historian, thinks like an anthropologist and writes like a novelist. It is a winning combination.” Indian history book.

The Hindus: An Alternative History – India is History

Doniger, Wendy
Penguin 2009 Dewey Dec. 954

“A narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world’s oldest major religions, this book elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated; its central tenets–karma, dharma, to name just two–arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each era, between genders, and caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism–its vitality, its earthiness, its vividness–lies precisely in many of those idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate today. Wendy Doniger, one of the world’s foremost scholars of Hinduism, illuminates those moments within the tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon.” – Publisher. History of South Asia books.

India – The History of India

Derbyshire, Ian, ed.
Clio Press 1995

A volume in the Clio Press “World Bibliographical Series”. Comprised of annotated entries on works dealing with the country’s history, geography, economy and politics; and with its people, their culture, customs, religion and social organization. Attention is paid to current living conditions; housing, education, newspapers, clothing, etc.

India: A Portrait – The History of India

French, Patrick
Alfred A. Knopf 2011 Dewey Dec. 954

“Combines deep research about the country’s history with a series of vignettes culled from French’s street-level reporting. Taken together, his reading of seminal texts and his interviews with politicians, pimps, businessmen, laborers, farmers, scholars and people from all levels of India’s caste system result in a fittingly vigorous and colorful book about what it means to live in India six decades after the nation freed itself from British rule.” – San Francisco Chronicle. Indian history free books online, history of South Asia book.

The Great Mutiny: India 1857 – The History of India

Hibbert, Chritopher
Viking 1978 Dewey Dec. 973.91

“Focuses upon the massive Sepoy Rebellion of 1857 which resulted in the ‘swan song of old India’ and the establishment of total British rule over the defeated land.” – Best Sellers. Indian history books free.

The Delhi Sultanate: A Political And Military History – The History of India

Jackson, Peter
Cambridge University 1999 Dewey Dec. 954

“In a broad-ranging, accessible narrative, Peter Jackson traces the history of the Sultanate from its foundation in 1210 to its demise in 1400 at the sack of Delhi by the Central Asian conqueror, Tamerlane. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Sultanate was the principal bastion of Islam in the subcontinent. While the book focuses on military and political affairs, tracing the Sultanate’s resistance to formidable Mongol invasions from the north-west and the administrative developments that underpinned these exploits, it also explores the Sultans’ relations with their non-Muslim subjects.” – Publisher. History of India books, history of South Asia books.

India: A History – The History of India

Keay, John
Atlantic Monthly 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.91

Keay’s “history exhibits the complete panoply of cultures that have arisen on, or arrived at, the plain of the Ganges River … Within this mix of cultures, Keay avers, Indian historiography is afflicted with the selective interpretations of nationalist writers: he corrects the defect by example in this evenhanded, informed, and enthusiastic illumination of the vastness of Indian history.” -Booklist. India history free online.

The City of Joy – About History of India

LaPierre, Dominique
Doubleday 1985 Dewey Dec. 954

“They live amid terrible poverty in one of the most crowded places on earth, the sector of Calcutta known as the City of Joy . This is the story of living saints and heroes, those who abandoned affluent and middle-class lives to dedicate themselves to the poor. And it is a testament to the people of the City of Joy. Their tragedies will move you, their faith, generosity, and most of all, boundless love will lift you,bless you, and possibly change your life.” -Publisher.

Freedom At Midnight – About History of India

Lapierre, Dominique And Larry Collins
OpenSource2009 Dewey Dec. 973.91

2009 edition of a book originally published in 1975. “At midnight on August 14, 1947, India officially became free of the British Empire … The book actually covers the whole year of 1947 …. It examines [Mountbatten’s] months of delicate negotiations with recalcitrant Hindu, Moslem and Sikh leaders, the difficult planning for the partition of India and Pakistan, the apparent early success of the partition and then the murderous riots that swept the country, and follows through to Gandhi’s assassination in Calcutta in January 1948.” – Publ Wkly. Indian history books free online, Pakistan history books, history of South Asia.

In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India – The History of India

Luce, Edward
Anchor 2008 Dewey Dec. 954

“As the world’s largest democracy and a rising international economic power, India has long been heralded for its great strides in technology and trade. Yet it is also plagued by poverty, illiteracy, unemployment, and a vast array of other social and economic issues. Here, noted journalist and former Financial Times South Asia bureau chief Edward Luce travels throughout India’s many regions, cultures, and religious circles, investigating its fragile balance between tradition and modernity. From meetings with key political figures to fascinating encounters with religious pundits, economic gurus, and village laborers, ‘In Spite of the Gods’ is a fascinating blend of analysis and reportage that comprehensively depicts the nuances of India’s complex situation and its place in the world.” – Publisher. India history books free online, South Asia history books.

The Men Who Ruled India – The History of India

Mason, Philip
Norton 1985 Dewey Dec. 973.91

First published in two volumes in 1953-1954. “An interweaving of biographical, political, and social history of British India, 1599-1947. .. As a former member of the Indian Civil Service, Mason unabashedly supports the value of Britian’s impact on India through a series of colorful vignettes of such legendary characters as Warren Hastings, John Malcolm, and Mountstuart Elphinstone. He points to British prohibition of suttee, construction of railroads, etc. as justification for British rule.” -SLJ. Indian history books.

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found – India is History

Mehta, Suketu
Alfred A. Knopf 2005 Dewey Dec. 954

The author “explores various aspects of Bombay life, from setting up residence to exploring the hugely successful domestic film industry; from detailing Bombay’s sex industry to profiling the reasons behind India’s own ‘September 11’, the 1993 riots and bombings that exposed a vast enmity between extremist Hindus and Muslims … Mehta delivers a fresh and unblinking look at contemporary Bombay.” -Booklist

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity – About History of India

Sen, Amartya
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006 Dewey Dec. 954

“India is a very diverse country with many distinct pursuits, vastly different convictions, widely divergent customs, and a veritable feast of viewpoints. The Argumentative Indian brings together an illuminating selection of writings from Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen that outline the need to understand contemporary India in the light of its long argumentative tradition. The understanding and use of this rich argumentative tradition are critically important, Sen argues, for the success of India s democracy, the defence of its secular politics, the removal of inequalities related to class, caste, gender and community, and the pursuit of sub-continental peace.” -Publisher.

India: From Midnight to the Millennium – India is History

Tharoor, Shashi
HarperPerennial 1998 Dewey Dec. 954

“At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, a new nation was born. It has 17 major languages and 22,000 distinct dialects. It has over a billion individuals of every ethnic extraction known to humanity. It has a population that is 32 percent illiterate, but also one of the worlds largest pools of trained scientists and engineers. Its ageless civilization is the birthplace of four major religions, a dozen different traditions of classical dance, and 300 ways of cooking a potato. Shashi Tharoor’s INDIA is a fascinating portrait of one of the worlds most interesting countries, its politics, its mentality, and its cultural riches. But it is also an eloquent argument for the importance of India to the future of America and the industrialized world. With the energy and erudition that distinguished his prize-winning novels, Tharoor points out that Indians account for a sixth of the worlds population and their choices will resonate throughout the globe. He deals with this vast theme in a work of remarkable depth and startling originality, combining elements of political scholarship, personal reflection, memoir, fiction, and polemic, all illuminated in vivid and compelling prose.” -Publisher.

A Brief History of India – About History of India

Walsh, Judith E.
Facts on File 2006 Dewey Dec. 954

Land, climate, and prehistory — Caste, kings, and the Hindu world order (1000 B.C.-A.D. 700) — Turks, Afghans, and Mughals (600-1800) — The jewel in the crown (1757-1885) — Becoming modern the colonial way (1800-1900) — Toward freedom (1885-1920) — Gandhi and the nationalist movement (1920-1948) — Constructing the nation (1950-1991) — Bollywood and beyond (1947-2004) — India at the turn of the century (1991-2004). Indian history free books online.

India – About History of India

Wolpert, Stanley A.
University of California 2009 Dewey Dec. 954

4th edition. “This comprehensive history of India begins with the prehistoric cultures, describing early tribal wars, conflicts between Hindu and Islamic religions, and the Mughal rule which gave way to British domination. Continues to the present. History of Indian book.


About History of Pakistan

History of Pakistan Collection – Pakistan of History

More than 200 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Pakistan History”. Some books: A Brief History of Pakistan, Pakistan at the Crosscurrent of History, Islam in India and Pakistan, A Historical Atlas of Pakistan, The Making of Pakistan, The Land and People of Pakistan, Jinnah, Pakistan and Islamic Identity, Modern Economic Development of Pakistan, Pakistan: birth and early days, Religion and Politics in Pakistan, Pakistan: transition from military to civilian rule, Pakistan Past & Present: a comprehensive study, many more books on the history of Pakistan. The history of Pakistan, history in South Asia.

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Pakistan: Eye of the Storm – Pakistan of History

Bennett Jones, Owen
Yale University 2002 Dewey Dec. 954

“Pakistan, a nation for only fifty-five years, has had a turbulent history. Ruled by the military for half its existence, it has seen three wars with India and the loss of much of its territory. The combination of political instability, deep-seated economic and social problems, and access to nuclear weapons has made it one of the most strategically sensitive countries in the world. The war in neighboring Afghanistan has placed it at the very center of global attention and projected its military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, onto the world stage. Musharraf has become the first Pakistani leader in thirty years to dare to confront the country’s Islamic extremists. But can he succeed in controlling the forces that helped create the Taliban in Afghanistan? In this riveting history of Pakistan from 1947 to the present, Bennett Jones describes the many fault lines in Pakistani society. While most Pakistanis have a moderate, tolerant vision of Islam, he argues, the country’s central institutions are so weak that the military regime may prove incapable of rescuing the “failed state” of Pakistan.” -Publisher. Pakistan is history, history in South Asia.

Pakistan – Pakistan of History

Einfeld, Jann, ed.
Greenhaven 2004 Dewey Dec. 954

A volume in the “History of Nations” series. Traces the origin and history of Pakistan and describes the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire, rule by the British Raj, the birth of Islamic Nationalism, and the years of war and military rule. About history of Pakistan.

Pakistan: A Global Studies Handbook – Pakistan of History

Mohiuddin, Yasmeen Niaz
ABC-CLIO 2007

Although Pakistan became a country only in 1947, its people and culture have a rich history. It is a Muslim state, a nuclear power, and a politically troubled land. Pakistan stretches from the heights of the Hindu Kush to the lowlands of the Indus delta. Its people and culture are as varied as its landscape. This scholarly yet accessible work treats the full range of modern Pakistan. Its thorough examination of the country’s problems–along with its strengths–makes this an ideal resource for high school or college course work, and an indispensable addition to library collections. About history of Pakistan.

Pakistan: Tradition and Change – Pakistan of History

The background, the issues, the people

Mumtaz, Khawar and Mitha, Yameema
Oxfam 2003 Dewey Dec. 954

“Born in the ferment of change that accompanied the end of British colonial rule in India, Pakistan is still a country in transition. It is also a country of contrasts: geographical, economic, and social. Busy modern cities co-exist with rural areas where little has changed for centuries; the thriving middle class enjoys a high standard of living, but many people in Pakistan live in the deepest poverty. Pakistan: Tradition and Change attempts to capture the many facets of Pakistan: its rich cultural heritage, the variety of its landscape and peoples, its dynamic economy, and its political problems. In describing the way in which wider social and economic issues affect the daily lives of Pakistani men and women, the book makes clear some of the dilemmas facing a country poised between tradition and change.” -Publisher. Contents: The land – the four provinces – A turbulent history – Pakistan’s cultural heritage – A land of poetry – The birth of Pakistan – Pakistan and its neighbours – Islam and Islamisation – Economy and development – Women in a changing society – Bounding population – Health services in Pakistan – Pakistan’s environmental problems – NGOs in Pakistan – Up-date: events in Pakistan since 1996 – Facts and figures – Further reading – Oxfam in Pakistan. Pakistan history.


History in South Asia

History in South Asia Books – Collection – History in South Asia

About 260 History of South Asia books at the Internet Archive. Be patient as the page loads. Some books: South Asia: a short history, Modern South Asia: history, culture, political economy, The Middle East and South Asia, Atlas of South Asia, War and Escalation in South Asia, Land, Politics and Trade in South Asia, The City in South Asia, India, Pakistan and the Bomb, State, Market and Peasant in Colonial South and Southeast Asia, Roots of Confrontation in South Asia, South Asia in the Literature of Empire, South Asian Conflicts since 1945, many more books about History in South Asia.

Sri Lanka At The Crossroads Of History – About Sri Lanka History

Biedermann, Zoltan and Strathern, Alan, eds.
UCL 2017 Dewey Dec. 954

The peoples of Sri Lanka have participated in far-flung trading networks, religious formations, and Asian and European empires for millennia. This interdisciplinary volume sets out to draw Sri Lanka into the field of Asian and Global History by showing how the latest wave of scholarship has explored the island as a ‘crossroads’, a place defined by its openness to movement across the Indian Ocean. About Sri Lanka history.

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South Asian History, 1750-1950: a guide to periodicals, dissertations, and newspapers – History in South Asia

Case, Margaret H.
Princeton University 1968

“This is a major bibliographic research guide designed to assist scholars of South Asian history (India, Pakistan, and Nepal) in finding materials relevant to their research. It offers an annotated and indexed list of over 5,000 articles from 351 periodicals and 26 books of collected essays and encyclopedias. It lists 341 English and bilingual English-vernacular newspapers, and 251 vernacular papers published in South Asia, all with pertinent information. It also provides an extensive unified list of dissertations for degrees in modern South Asian history from South Asian, European, and American universities.” – Publisher

A History of Sri Lanka – About Sri Lanka History

De Silva, K. M.
University of California 1981 Dewey Dec. 954

“Sri Lanka is an ancient civilization, shaped and thrust into the modern globalizing world by its colonial experience. With its own unique problems, many of them historical legacies, it is a nation trying to maintain a democratic, pluralistic state structure while struggling to come to terms with separatist aspirations. This is a complex story, and there is perhaps no better person to present it in reasoned, scholarly terms than K.M. de Silva, Sri Lanka’s most distinguished and prolific historian. A History of Sri Lanka, first published in 1981, has established itself as the standard work on the subject. ” -Publisher. Contents: Ancient Sri Lanka – The decline of the Sinhalese Kingdom – Sri Lanka and the western powers – Sri Lanka under British rule – Sri Lanka in the twentieth century – Independence and after. About Sri Lanka history.

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon – History in South Asia

Edmunds, Tom Owen
Viking 1988 Dewey Dec. 954

Portrays the beauty and the way of life of Bhutan. Pictorial. History of Bhutan book.

Living Martyrs: Individuals and Revolution in Nepal – About History of Nepal

Fisher, James F.
Oxford University 1998 Dewey Dec. 954

“‘Living Martyrs’ details the life-histories of two important Nepalis, Tanka Prasad Acharya, Nepal’s former Prime Minister, and his wife, Rewanta Kumari. In 1936 Tanka Prasad founded Nepal’s first political party and subsequently spent his life working for human rights and democracy. His inspiring and heroic story is coupled with that of Rewanta, who aided her husband in his efforts while keeping the family together during the bleak years of oppression under the tyrannical Rana regime…” – Publisher. Nepal history book, history of South Asia books.

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Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan (Himalayan Kingdoms) in Pictures – History in South Asia

Gordon, Eugene
Sterling 1972 Dewey Dec. 954

Discusses the land, history, government, people, and economy of the three Himalayan kingdoms. History of Nepal book, history of Sikkim, history Bhutan.

India, Ceylon, Bhutan, Nepal, The Maldives – History in South Asia

Greystone Press
Greystone 1970 Dewey Dec. 954

A volume in the “Illustrated Library of the World and its Peoples”. History of India book, Ceylon history, Bhutan history, Nepal history, Maldives history.

Under the Holy Lake: A Memoir of Eastern Bhutan – History in South Asia

Haigh, Ken
University of Alberta 2008 Dewey Dec. 954

“In 1987, when Ken Haigh arrived as a volunteer to teach in a small high school, foreign travelers were as hard to find in the kingdom as telephones or toilet paper. Under the Holy Lake describes a two-year sojourn in the valley of Khaling in eastern Bhutan. Ken learns to cope with leeches, rabid dogs, and culture shock, and in return finds his life transformed. He rents a small cottage next to an old Buddhist monastery and quickly settles into a pattern of existence that is hundreds of years removed from the world he’d known in Canada. He finds his students are polite and eager to learn, his neighbours warm and welcoming. Under the Holy Lake is a love song to a mountain valley and its people, a story of youth, and discovery, and, ultimately, of loss.” -Publisher. Bhutan history, history of South Asia books.

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Democracy And Authoritarianism in South Asia – History in South Asia

Jalal, Ayesha
Cambridge University 1995 Dewey Dec. 954

A comparative and historical study of the interplay between democratic politics and authoritarian states in South Asia. Contents: Colonial legacy in India and Pakistan – State formation and political processes in India and Pakistan, 1947 to c. 1971 – The ‘populist’ era and its aftermath in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, 1971 to c. 1993 – The state and political economy, 1947 to c. 1993 – Central power and regional dissidence – Societies, cultures and ideologies; hybrids in contrived monoliths – Conclusion. South Asia history online.

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Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Beyond – History in South Asia

Mishra, Pankaj
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2006 Dewey Dec. 954

“Old, new; rich, poor; rural, urban; Brahmin, Dalit; Hindi, Muslim. India is a country of contrasts, and Temptations of the West explores this diversity in all its forms. From the empty corridors of a grand but guestless western-style hotel to improvised shacks clustered along muddy roadsides; from the polite efficiency of stewards on board one of India’s private airlines to overpopulated tenements and one-roomed school buildings where no teachers ever set foot; from sites of religious worship to those of mass burial; from road blocks to voting booths — as Mishra’s travels take him from one part of India to another, and then beyond, to Pakistan and Afghanistan, he paints a clear and often alarming picture of disarray and disorder. All too often, superficial changes seem simply to paper over the cracks, and beneath modern facades, the old tensions still exist. A travel book unlike any other, Temptations of the West also offers a detailed and thought-provoking exploration of the histories, politics, religions and philosophies of India – and her neighbours.” -Publisher.

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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives – History in South Asia

Robinson, Francis
Cambridge University 1989 Dewey Dec. 954

“This book offers for the first time a comprehensive study of South Asia in one volume, analyzing not only the riches of the past but also the problems and achievements of the present, placing them where appropriate in their global context. The South Asian region, which comprises the present day states of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives, has long been significant in world affairs. This fifth of mankind embraces enormous diversity: every level of human development from stone-age tribesman to Nobel prizewinner; many levels of wealth from mass poverty to comfortable middle class consumerism; the believers of seven major religions; the bearers of three racial strains; and the speakers of languages in two major families with India alone acknowledging fourteen official languages and 1,652 mother tongues. The international team of contributors presents the world of South Asia in an accessible and enjoyable form, which will appeal to both specialists and general readers. The Encyclopedia is richly illustrated with many photographs, maps, and tables closely interwoven with the text.” -Publisher.

Sri Lanka – About Sri Lanka History

Samaraweera, Vijaya, ed.
Clio Press 1987

A volume in the Clio Press “World Bibliographical Series”. Comprised of annotated entries on works dealing with the country’s history, geography, economy and politics; and with its people, their culture, customs, religion and social organization. Attention is paid to current living conditions; housing, education, newspapers, clothing, etc.

The Sikhs – History in South Asia

Singh, Patwant
Knopf 2000 Dewey Dec. 973.91

“Patwant Singh tells the stirring story of how a movement of peace transformed itself, of necessity, into a community which placed military values alongside spiritual, the Sikh soldier becoming the envy of every nation’s army. How in 1699 the tenth and last Guru, Gobind Singh, founded the fellowship of the Khalsa at Anandpur ; a move which would define every Sikh by a distinctive code of personal appearance, dress and conduct. How Guru Gobind Singh’s inspiring leadership led to a succession of spectacular and daring conquests after him, which sowed the seeds of a Sikh State. How the enlightened ruler Ranjit Singh fulfilled that promise of founding a Sikh empire.The author’s compelling account takes the reader through centuries of trials, triumphs and tribulations, upto the present time. It is by far the most comprehensive study of the origins, traditions and beliefs of an exceptional people. And the story is told with rare skill and mastery of the subject.” -Publisher.

War and Secession: Pakistan, India, and the Creation of Bangladesh – History in South Asia

Sisson, Richard and Rose, Leo E.
University of California 1990 Dewey Dec. 954

“A decade after the 1971 wars in South Asia, the principal decisionmakers were still uncertain why wars so clearly unwanted had occurred. The authors reconstruct the complex decisionmaking process attending the break-up of Pakistan and the subsequent war between India and Pakistan. Much of their data derive from interviews conducted with principal players in each of the countries immediately involved-Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh-including Indira Gandhi and leaders of the Awami League in Bangladesh.” -Publisher. Pakistan history, Bangladesh history books free, history of India.

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Spirited Women: Gender, Religion, & Cultural Identity in the Nepal Himalaya – About History of Nepal

Watkins, Joanne C.
Columbia University 1996 Dewey Dec. 954

“In the Himalayan highlands of northern Nepal, the small group of Tibetan Buddhists known as the Nyeshangte have maintained a gender egalitarian social organization over many years. Nyeshangte women own land, control household money, and have the right to initiate divorce. Most important, they participate equally with men in central social institutions: international trade and Buddhist ritual practice. Spirited Women explores how the traditional culture of the Nyeshangte has confronted the changes brought about by modernization and the transition to a market economy, as the community has experienced a diaspora extending from the Himalayan highlands to such urban areas as Kathmandu, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Spirited Women looks into the lives of individual Nyeshangte men and women, both in their native Nepal and in the various urban centers where some have settled. Supplemented with photographs and regional maps, the first anthropological study of this fascinating cultural group adds an important chapter to the ethnographic record of Nepal.” -Publisher.

India and the Frontier States of Afghanistan, Nipal and Burma, Vol 1 – History in South Asia

Volume 2

Wheeler, J. Talboys
P.F. Collier & Son1900-01 Dewey Dec. 954

Vol 1: Part I – Hindu India (1500 BC – 1000 AD). Part II – Muhammadan India (1000 AD – 1748). Part III: British India (1700-1785)
Vol 2: Part III: British India (continued) (1785- 1899). History of South Asia books.

Nepal – About History of Nepal

Whelpton, John, ed.
Clio Press 1990

A volume in the Clio Press “World Bibliographical Series”. Comprised of annotated entries on works dealing with the country’s history, geography, economy and politics; and with its people, their culture, customs, religion and social organization. Attention is paid to current living conditions; housing, education, newspapers, clothing, etc.

Sikhim & Bhutan: Twenty-one Years on the North-East Frontier, 1887-1908 – History in South Asia

White, John Claude
Longmans, Green 1909 Dewey Dec. 954

Sikkim history, Bhutan history.

Memoirs of a Political Officer’s Wife in Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan – History in South Asia

Williamson, Margaret D.
Wisdom 1987 Dewey Dec. 954

Memoirs portraying life in Tibet, Sikkim and Bhutan in the 1930s. Tibet history, Sikkim history, Bhutan history.

Sri Lanka: War-Torn Island – About Sri Lanka History

Zwier, Lawrence J.
Lerner 1998 Dewey Dec. 954

“The World in Conflict series gives readers an unbiased historical perspective on some of the major wars and conflicts recently in the news. Each volume aims to present a thorough picture of the people and groups involved in these conflicts, while also presenting those working to end them. World in Conflict is a wonderful supplement to current event classes.” -Publisher. Contents: The recent conflict and its effects – The conflict’s roots – The present conflict – What’s being done to solve the problem. Sri Lanka history book.

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