- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Orient BlackSwan; First edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9788125036845
- ASIN: 8125036849
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,159 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
History of Modern India Paperback – 2009
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The book is relatively concise when compared to books on the same topic by other authors. It captures the holistic view of not only struggle for independence but also the later Mughal period (post Aurangzeb), the decline of central authority, rise of regional satraps and the domination of tribes from Afghanistan. Those who are preparing for Civil Services should definitely go through this book twice or thrice, especially as in the new pattern the history syllabus will begin from the mid-18th century instead of mid-19th century, as was the case earlier. --Kavinder Negi on 06 Mar 2013
this book gives a brief description about the events happened chronologically and so easy to get the writings of the author... one should read it --Ankit Bala on 22 Feb 2015
It is the must book for all IAS aspirants. Written in very Lucid language, like a story very interesting to read. This book made history easy for student like me of engineering background. --Abhi Sinha on 07 Feb 2015
About the Author
Bipan Chandra is a renowned author and historian from India. Apart from this book, Chandra has written a number of other books, and they include Essays on Colonialism, The Epic Struggle, Communalism in Modern India, The Rise And Growth Of Economic Nationalism In India: Economic Policies Of Indian National Leadership, Indian National Movement: The Long Term Dynamics, and In The Name Of Democracy: The JP Movement And The Emergency. Chandra was born in Himachal Pradesh, and he completed his schooling from Forman Christian College in Lahore. He completed his degree from Stanford University, USA, and went on to earn a doctorate from the University of Delhi. For several years, Chandra served as a professor at Hindu College, Delhi. Later, he taught history at Jawaharlal Nehru University. In the year 1985, he was selected to be the General President of the Indian History Congress. He has also served as the Chairman of the National Book Trust, New Delhi. Chandra has also been a part of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
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1) The content of the book
2) The book itself
Warning: If you are an aspirant candidate to write competitive government based exams, this is a book that could probably guide you in story framing, but not help in bulletin points.
To a reader of history, for pleasure: Mr. Chandra has done a tremendous service by extrapolating the data from noise and compiling them into a great feast for knowledge hungry historians like myself. From the 16th century till the attainment of Independence, this book gives you a brilliant overview of the occurrences (in chronological order) and stays away from passing any personal view. Thus, critical thinking is strictly advised if an opinionated dimension is what you seek to achieve.
A top class book overall.
While I cannot stress enough to say how brilliantly the book is written, however it is with dismay that I confess that the seller has mugged me with practically a duplicate copy of the original version. Which is the main reason behind the poor rating, as I'm judging the product itself (not just the content).
I can confidently assess this is the sellers fault based on 2 data points:
1) Empirical evidence of reading plenty of history books
2) Reading books previously and later published by Orient Blackswan
Amazon - Please refrain from selling books from such sellers who practically mugs the customers in broad daylight!
I am unhappy because I had ordered 3 book together to save delivery charges.Now I have to order again and pay delivery charges as the book was incomplete, for no fault of mine :(