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Concise Encyclopedia of Indian History
  2nd Edition
Surjit Mansingh Concise Encyclopedia of Indian History : Surjit Mansingh : Vision Books : Book (ISBN: 8170947472)
Pages: 904
Price: Rs. 995
Format: Hardcover
ISBN13/10: 9788170947479 / 8170947472
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India is the world's largest democracy and its seventh biggest country with one-sixth of the global population, comprising an unparallelled diversity of ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. India is also the world's fourth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity and even as it gains recognition as an emerging modern power, India's rich civilization goes back many thousands of years.

The scope of this concise encyclopedia encompasses important people, places, and events in India's past and present (till 2004), as well as entries on the country's different schools of philosophy, culture, religious leaders, important branches of government, and the economy. The author's masterly introduction provides a rich overview with many an insight and is supplemented by a chronology, maps, and an extensive bibliography.

With more than two hundred new entries — most pertaining to the recent years — the second edition captures the rapidly evolving situation without neglecting the country's ancient past.


“The best ready-reference historical (encyclopedia) ever written on the history and current events of India”  Ravindra Nath Sharma

“An extremely useful publication”  India Today

“An ambitious . . . valuable reference work by any reckoning.”  Business India

“A good source for Indian geography, history, culture, and religion”  Choice, USA

“A big book on a big country”  Khushwant Singh

“So much information is crammed into this dictionary . . . the introduction is a miniature masterpiece . . .”  Walford’s Guide, USA

“. . . an excellent reference book . . . recommended highly for all collections.”  ARBA, USA

“ . . . will be of great assistance to the reader seeking to understand this great country . . . much valuable background reading presented in a friendly and helpful manner in this book”  Reference Reviews, USA

“ . . . a powerful addition to the (encyclopedias) of Asia and the mid-East . . . (entries) do more than provide a paragraph of detail: history and biography embrace pages of detail, at times, and are packed with in-depth coverage”  California Bookwatch, USA

“Mansingh provides a substantial introduction to this ancient country. She emphasizes modern India”  Reference & Research Book News, USA

Surjit Mansingh

SURJIT MANSINGH recently retired as professor of International Politics at the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and teaches part-time at the American University in Washington, D.C. Earlier, she was a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. She took her master's degree in history from Delhi University and her Ph.D. in international relations from the American University, Washington, D.C. She has taught at universities in the United States, Italy, and India. Before assuming an academic career, she was a member of the India Foreign Service.

Professor Mansingh is the author of India's Search for Power: Indira Gandhi's Foreign Policy (Sage, 1984), Diplomatic History of Modern India (with Charles H. Heimsath, Allied, 1971), numerous papers in learned journals, and the revised edition of Heimsath's Teacher's Introduction to India (Educational Resources Centre, 1994). She has organized conferences and edited their proceedings in Indian and Chinese Foreign Policies in Comparative Perspective (1998), Nehru's Foreign Policy: Fifty Years On (1998), and Prospects for India-United States Relations: The Next Ten Years (2000). She is currently engaged in a study of India and China as rising powers and the implications of this for the United States.

Professor Mansingh is widely travelled and lives alternately in India and the United States, a pattern established decades ago along with her late husband, Professor Charles Heimsath. They have two sons, Arjun and Kabir.

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