India Before Europe

India Before Europe❮BOOKS❯ ✮ India Before Europe Author Catherine B. Asher – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk India is a land of enormous diversity Cross cultural influences are everywhere in evidence, in the food people eat, the clothes they wear, and in the places they worship This was ever the case, and at India is a land of enormous diversity Cross cultural influences are everywhere in evidence, in the food people eat, the clothes they wear, and in the places they worship This was ever the case, and at no time so than in the India that existed fromto , before the European intervention This beautifully illustrated book takes the reader on a journey across the political, religious and cultural landscapes of medieval India It is fluently composed, with a cast of characters that will educate students and general readers alike. Like all early modern history, this is tough lots of different groups, religious, geographical, ethic, etc No sense of nation like there was no Italy then, there was no India But it makes it very difficult to follow narratives The authors break up the narrative but that made it harder to me But I also did the book a disservice by taking so long to reading it long breaks. This is a very interesting book about the history of India before European contact While the authors do discuss the Ashokan Empire, the main focus is on the period from 1200 1750 so the book pretty much starts at the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate The book is jointly written by a historian and an art historian Neither of the authors are themselves South Asian and, knowing this and the work of Said, they pretty much avoid the use non Indian sources and when they do, they are at pains to poi This is a very interesting book about the history of India before European contact While the authors do discuss the Ashokan Empire, the main focus is on the period from 1200 1750 so the book pretty much starts at the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate The book is jointly written by a historian and an art historian Neither of the authors are themselves South Asian and, knowing this and the work of Said, they pretty much avoid the use non Indian sources and when they do, they are at pains to point out that the biases of the Europeans at the time This means that their main sources are religious texts, official hagiographies, and the art architecture and literature of the period This makes for a somewhat usual historiographic form that was ultimately somewhat light on detail about the motivations and interactions of the various states and rulers but is muchillustrative of what life itself was like, at least among the elites that were making decisions of historical or artistic importance For example, the Zenith of the Mughal Empire came about when the Mughals found a way to co opt the hindu Rajput lords into the Mughal feudal system There is not much discussion of how that was arrived at but rather it s illuminated through a discussion of changes in the palace architecture of the co opted Rajput palaces into containing Muslim sections which had iconography revering the Mughal Emperor and, elsewhere in the compound, architecture highlighting the importance of the Hindu pantheon where the Lord would receive his Hindu subjects Prior to the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate the raids of Muslim invaders had been driven by plunder The foundation of Delhi changed all that and began a lengthy civilizational process whereby India was integrated culturally into the wider Islamicate world through the influence of central asian and Persian Muslims and the struggles of various Muslim and Hindu kingdoms to come to grips with the tasks of ruling over diverse populations The political military organizations of both the Hindu and Muslim states were akin to feudalism though with some additional legalism in the Muslim states on account of the Koranic influence This made it extremely difficult for states to last very long as once the center weakened relative to theimportant nobles, the nobles were easily able to rebel against the center and establish their own successor kingdoms The prominence of the Mughal Empire seems to have been drivenby a string of capable leaders than by any particular institutional strength though the co optation of the Hindu Rajputs, who then turned Southward to attack the hindu kingdoms with their Northern border secure, was a major innovation What is also interesting is the ways in which the Indic and Islamicate cultures merged The elites competed to show their power through elaborate architecture and artistic productions and the competition between the Hindu and Muslim patrons of the arts had the effect of blending the styles Something else that was interesting to me was that the Mughals introduced Persian as the official language of India This was because it was familiar to the Mughal ruling class, which traced its origins to Persia and Afghanistan, and also because it would be less offensive to Hindus for whom Arabic wasexplicitly religious and thus insulting Persian was so extensively used that it was also the official language of the British East India company into the 1830s and who were themselves, for a time, treated by the Mughal Emperors as merely another feudal underlord All in all, I enjoyed the book I had higher hopes for greater levels of detail about the political structures and diplomacy of the Indian states prior to European contact but the blend of history and art history that this book provides was interesting and, like the gift of the princes of Serendip, it gave me insights for which I was not looking but were perhapsvaluable brief introduction I read this for a class on the History of Mughal India Covers a vast era and many different groups and attempts to present an objective view It s a great book for someone new to the subject However, it may overplay syncreticism and communal harmony to such an extent that it trivializes any discord that may have existed. This book was required reading for my Medieval India course with the great Dr Richard Eaton Very good overview of the history and culture of the region I would definitely recommend it.

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This is a very interesting book about the history of India before European contact While the authors do discuss the Ashokan Empire, the main focus is on the period from 1200 1750 so the book pretty much starts at the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate The book is jointly written by a historian and an art historian Neither of the authors are themselves South Asian and, knowing this and the work of Said, they pretty much avoid the use non Indian sources and when they do, they are at pains to poi This is a very interesting book about the history of India before European contact While the authors do discuss the Ashokan Empire, the main focus is on the period from 1200 1750 so the book pretty much starts at the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate The book is jointly written by a historian and an art historian Neither of the authors are themselves South Asian and, knowing this and the work of Said, they pretty much avoid the use non Indian sources and when they do, they are at pains to point out that the biases of the Europeans at the time This means that their main sources are religious texts, official hagiographies, and the art architecture and literature of the period This makes for a somewhat usual historiographic form that was ultimately somewhat light on detail about the motivations and interactions of the various states and rulers but is muchillustrative of what life itself was like, at least among the elites that were making decisions of historical or artistic importance For example, the Zenith of the Mughal Empire came about when the Mughals found a way to co opt the hindu Rajput lords into the Mughal feudal system There is not much discussion of how that was arrived at but rather it s illuminated through a discussion of changes in the palace architecture of the co opted Rajput palaces into containing Muslim sections which had iconography revering the Mughal Emperor and, elsewhere in the compound, architecture highlighting the importance of the Hindu pantheon where the Lord would receive his Hindu subjects Prior to the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate the raids of Muslim invaders had been driven by plunder The foundation of Delhi changed all that and began a lengthy civilizational process whereby India was integrated culturally into the wider Islamicate world through the influence of central asian and Persian Muslims and the struggles of various Muslim and Hindu kingdoms to come to grips with the tasks of ruling over diverse populations The political military organizations of both the Hindu and Muslim states were akin to feudalism though with some additional legalism in the Muslim states on account of the Koranic influence This made it extremely difficult for states to last very long as once the center weakened relative to theimportant nobles, the nobles were easily able to rebel against the center and establish their own successor kingdoms The prominence of the Mughal Empire seems to have been drivenby a string of capable leaders than by any particular institutional strength though the co optation of the Hindu Rajputs, who then turned Southward to attack the hindu kingdoms with their Northern border secure, was a major innovation What is also interesting is the ways in which the Indic and Islamicate cultures merged The elites competed to show their power through elaborate architecture and artistic productions and the competition between the Hindu and Muslim patrons of the arts had the effect of blending the styles Something else that was interesting to me was that the Mughals introduced Persian as the official language of India This was because it was familiar to the Mughal ruling class, which traced its origins to Persia and Afghanistan, and also because it would be less offensive to Hindus for whom Arabic wasexplicitly religious and thus insulting Persian was so extensively used that it was also the official language of the British East India company into the 1830s and who were themselves, for a time, treated by the Mughal Emperors as merely another feudal underlord All in all, I enjoyed the book I had higher hopes for greater levels of detail about the political structures and diplomacy of the Indian states prior to European contact but the blend of history and art history that this book provides was interesting and, like the gift of the princes of Serendip, it gave me insights for which I was not looking but were perhapsvaluable brief introduction I read this for a class on the History of Mughal India Covers a vast era and many different groups and attempts to present an objective view It s a great book for someone new to the subject However, it may overplay syncreticism and communal harmony to such an extent that it trivializes any discord that may have existed. This book was required reading for my Medieval India course with the great Dr Richard Eaton Very good overview of the history and culture of the region I would definitely recommend it. "/>
  • Paperback
  • 313 pages
  • India Before Europe
  • Catherine B. Asher
  • English
  • 13 July 2019
  • 0521005396