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Superb introduction to the history of India,
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This review is from: India: A History (Paperback)
For a book that is over 500 pages long, it may seem strange for me to suggest this is an introduction to the history of India. However, given the breadth of information Keay is trying to include in one single book, I think introduction is about right.
I read this book as I was interested to get an impartial view on the history of India, the origin behind its culture, its religion, its empires and how this has all combined to make India the country it is today. Keay delivers this superbly, in a very well researched book which does not include any arrogance on the part of the author in terms of the expected knowledge of its reader. He does not at any point indicate to me a particular bias to a religious or cultural view which makes the book all the better to read.
Like many books charting the history of a country, I did find the level of detail on the past 100 years slightly rushed but that is my only criticism of a book I found thoroughly enjoyable to read.