World history from early times to A D 2000

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Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd, Jan 1, 2012 - 414 pages
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Asia in the past nurtured great civilisations and cultures, some of which withstood the onslaughts of the mighty West. After suffering from the evils of colonial rule, Asia today is poised to occupy the centre stage of the world arena, with India, China and Japan playing leading role. In this context, it is all the more necessary for college and university students in Asia and the west to acquaint themselves with the history of Asia. Hence this book. The book is different from others of this genre, as it connects the ancient and medieval Asia with the modern world. It ideals with the history of each country in its geographical setting with the interaction and impact of neighbouring countries. Early migrations, settlements, formation of kingdoms and empires, socio-economic aspects of Islamic conquests and the advent of Western powers are all accounted for. The modern period (up to 2004) is treated in a detailed manner covering topics like colonisation, impact of Western civilisation, the rise of nationalism and the achievement of independence. The current history highlights subversion of democracies, ushering in of military rule, ethnic conflicts, movements for the restoration of democracy, oppression of minorities, economic issues, nuclear proliferation and the war on terror -- all in a fascinating manner -- with maps, bibliography, and an index to stimulate reader's interest.
 

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Contents

Importance of the Study of History
1
World History and Its Scope
7
The Gift of the Nile
17
Mesopotamia or the Fertile Crescent
27
The Hebrews or Jews
38
Vedic Civilisation
50
Ancient China Central and South America
58
Political Organisation Economic Conditions Trade
69
The French Revolution 1789
217
Napoleon Bonaparte
224
Congress of Vienna
230
in Britain Revolution in Transport McAdam Improved Road
234
Revolutions in Latin America
241
The Eastern Question and Balkan Nationalism
263
Modern Imperialism
269
Western Imperialism in Africa
277

Ancient Greece
70
Jainism
82
Hindu Imperialism
92
Roman Civilisation
109
Rise and Spread of Christianity
122
The Crusades
135
Feudalism in Europe
154
India under the Mughal Emperors
162
The Renaissance in Europe
173
Geographical Discoveries
181
The Reformation
188
The Rise of the NationStates in Europe
196
American War of Independence
209
Nationalism in South and Southeast Asia
286
Emergence of the U S As a World Power
305
World War I
317
Europe Between the Two World Wars
326
Rise The Crimean War Pan Slavism Old RussoTurkish
332
Peace Movement in Europe 19191939
339
Turkish and Arab Nationalism
350
Decolonisation of Africa
354
Science and Technology in the Modern World
360
Towards the New Millennium
368
Bibliography
380
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