Reading History: India
Judith Brown surveys the relevant literature for understanding Indian society and history.
India is not only so different from the West in social structure, religious orientation and political experience. It's time-scale of recorded civilisation is daunting: while its size and internal regional differences involve the student in an enterprise equivalent to that of investigating all the countries of Europe at one go! This article is intended only as an introduction to India's historical experience, with particular reference to the last two centuries.