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History of India

A Captivating Guide to Ancient India, Medieval Indian History, and Modern India Including Stories of The Maurya Empire, the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi, and More
Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: History, World
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If you want to discover the captivating history of India, then pay attention....

India is a land of mystery, richness, and deep spiritual discovery. Every facet of this ancient land seems scented with the famous spices that lured European traders to its shores more than five centuries ago. Here, Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, and Buddhists live shoulder to shoulder in a crowded world of multiple gods and juxtaposed pilgrimage routes, each one perfectly peaceful in their own beliefs and traditions.

In History of India: A Captivating Guide to Ancient India, Medieval Indian History, and Modern India Including Stories of the Maurya Empire, the British Raj, Mahatma Gandhi, and More, you will discover topics such as:

  • The Indus River Valley
  • Mythology of the Vedic Age
  • Aryan India and the Great Vedic Debate
  • Alexander the Great
  • The Empire of Chandragupta Maurya
  • Buddhism and the Regrets of Ashoka
  • The Return of the Greeks
  • The Gupta Empire
  • Ancient Mathematical Discoveries
  • The Delhi Sultanate
  • Babur and the Mughal Empire
  • The Taj Mahal and a Story of Love
  • India is “Rediscovered” by Portugal
  • The Maratha Empire
  • The East India Trading Company
  • East India Company Rule
  • The British Raj
  • The Caste System
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • The Salt March and Independence
  • Wildlife, Then and Now
  • A Brief History of the Curry
  • The Space Program
  • And much, much more!

So if you want to learn more about the history of India, get this audiobook today!

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Amazing! Short but comprehensive at the same time

Very well written and narrated. I listened to it start to end in just 3 streches. It was captivating.
The only qualm I have about it is not recognizing any of the other freedom fighters than Nehru and Gandhi from Congress. there was a significant arms movement which happened in parralel to Nehru/Gandhi and was equally important to gain India Independence

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indulges in a fair bit of sophistry

The source material is biased toward Western history. Uses the civilizing force argument against caste-divided Indians which has been disproved by contemporary British accounts. Not recommended.

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Nicely Done

Very well written and thorough given its expansive topic and single volume length. Well detailed book on the history of India. Lots of detail and goes from the very beginning to modern times. Not a book to read overnight or for the casual tourist but great book for those who real students of this countries' history. I do feel like I understand the history, culture and current state of affairs much better.

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Quite Good

This is a difficult undertaking for many reasons, chiefly among them are poor historical records in the pre-Muslim period and the many parallel storylines in different regions. Through all this, Keay does a commendable job akin to painting and putting together a jigsaw puzzle with blank pieces. Beware the language can feel quite contrived at times and the writing tends to meander in places.

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Simple and Good

The author's style is reasonably readable given the often-times dry material. I am dinging one star for not condensing the overly detailed conquests and bloodlines of comparatively tribal houses, as I just feel that, while important to the student of India's history, they are out of place in a survey this general, and dilute the most salient points of interest of these ancient kingdoms. Still, I shouldn't complain about getting exactly what I asked for, which is a complete history of India from the earliest extant knowledge to the present day.

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History Of India

I have never read a history of India that is better written or substantiated. I would recommend this book very highly to anyone who wants summary content on Indian history.

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Recommended

I would most definitely give this book top marks and would whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to read about the history of the Indian subcontinent.

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Great Book

The book is beautifully written and each essay is a joy to read. A wide range of India's literary, philosophic, religious, scientific and mathematical contributions is comprehensively covered. It should be essential reading for anyone seriously interested in contemporary India and her heritage.

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Interesting History

This is an excellent book, and the only reason I will focus on the minor quibbles is that I cannot add any more to the positive praise this book. I am totally agreed with the author.

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History Of India

This book is grand in its scope, & brings forth wonderfully argued cases towards what is an Indian experience from a socio-politico-economic perspective. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Charlie
  • 08-26-19

Outstanding History

This is an outstanding general history of India and is strongly recommended. The narrative is very well written and organized, making it a very useful broad discussion of Indian history. I had read a similar general history of India 15 years ago and this book is far better written and includes much recent scholarship.

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  • Beca
  • 08-26-19

Informative

I listen to this audiobook to prepare for my first tourist trip to India and loved it -- it brought to life the great palaces in Delhi and Agra and made real the forces that shaped India such as modern nationalism, the Raj, and the Chola.

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  • FREDERICK
  • 08-26-19

Good One

My son is quite the history buff and enjoys listening to the history of India. He wanted this book to truly understand India's history. He thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • IVY
  • 08-25-19

Really Well Done

Very well written and covers so much of India's history succinctly. Would recommend reading this by anyone interested in the history of that country.

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  • Oscar
  • 08-25-19

Awesome

Well detailed book on the history of India. Lots of detail and goes from the very beginning to modern times. Not a book to read overnight or for the casual tourist but great book for those who a real student of this countries' history.

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  • David
  • 08-25-19

Five Stars

I grab this book before a trip to India, and it was very helpful. It's a popular history book, less than an academic one, and I would recommend it for general background on the country and its long history that serves as a basis for more in-depth study of particular topics. 

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  • Ava Zara
  • 08-23-19

Awesome

This book has given me a deep appreciation for history. Non-biased and detailed. I gave it one star less because he does go into to much detail with too many names. I would have appreciated him giving more general themes and highlight the main figures.

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  • Noah
  • 08-23-19

Good Author

The author is an excellent historian, and he thoroughly covers the story of India in this epic book. True to his style, he emphasizes ancient times and prehistory, with a rather less-detailed glance at the modern era.

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  • ELLIOT
  • 08-23-19

Extremely Thorough

Extremely thorough, easy to read, with an excellent sense of humor. Unfortunately, for someone unfamiliar with all the complexities of Indian history, it is very hard to keep the myriad details straight. It would benefit from frequent, high-level summaries of the things about to unfold in the next chapter.

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  • Finn
  • 08-21-19

Outstanding

I'm still listening to this book even though I just returned from India. It is scholarly. I use it as a reference. It is a long book that covers quite a bit of history and I would recommend it to those who want to read in-depth about India's history.