Our History, Their History: The Contrasting Historical Narratives of East and West
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Book ID : 40853
ISBN-10 : 81-7304-920-3 / 8173049203
ISBN-13 : 978-81-7304-920-0 / 9788173049200
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Edition : (First Edition)
Language : English
248p., 23 cm.
CONTENTS:- 1. The Puzzle. 2. European Kingdoms-Indian Empires. 3. Contrasting Wars. 4. Feudal Lords and Mansabdars. 5. Continuity in European History and Society. 6. Aristocracy in Europe and in India. 7. Our Medieval Sultans. 8. State Building in Europe and India. 9. Nationalism. 10. Subaltern Histories: British and Irish. 11. The Indian Peasant. 12. Historical Memory. 13. The Wonder that Was India. 14. Conclusion.
While India has been united for considerable periods of its history, the Western world has never been united-not since the fall of Rome in the fifth century. In spite of appallingly bloody wars the political subdivisions of Europe are seemingly permanent. Frontiers have changed only marginally over the past 700 years. In India, on the other hand the states of the present Union are largely artificial.
It is not that European princes did not dream of world empire, but their empires were mostly overseas. All attempts to unify Europe itself under one emperor, after the Roman model, failed. The Holy Roman Empire was an empire only in name. The Emperor, in spite of his bombastic titles was scarcely even king of Germany.
These are some of the questions and paradoxes that the auther has tried to answer and explain in this stimulating and thought provoking volume.