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’A masterpiece of compression... conveys 5,000 years of history with flair and authority’ JOHN KEAY
From the tantalising traces of ancient Harappan civilisation to the emerging superpower of today, here is India’s story in all its contradictions, drama and splendour.
In The Shortest History of India, John Zubrzycki distils five millennia of gods and kings, conquerors and colonisers into an epic tale teeming with personalities both legendary and largely unknown outside India. Gautama Buddha, Alexander the Great and Mahatma Gandhi share the stage with Candragupta (‘India’s Julius Caesar’), Nizam Saqqa, the water-carrier who became king for a day, and Raziyya, the first Muslim woman to rule in the subcontinent.
The later chapters reveal a modern India riven by contrasts: the brutal reality of partition and the fantasies of Bollywood, booming IT businesses and expanding slums. In conclusion, Zubrzycki asks whether internal challenges - from religious tensions to an increasingly undemocratic regime - might still thwart India’s rise to wealth and power.

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Weight 0.430000
ISBN13/Barcode 9781913083342
ISBN10 1913083349
Author John Zubrzycki
Binding Hardback
Date Published 7th March 2023
Pages 272
Publisher Old Street Publishing