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Historical dictionary of India /
Surjit Mansingh.
edition
2nd ed.
imprint
Lanham, Md. ; Toronto : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
description
xliii, 833 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0810847701 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. ; Toronto : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
isbn
0810847701 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5903908
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 739-831).
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-12-01:
With this new edition (1st ed., CH, Apr'97, 34-4210), well-known Indian historian Mansingh has produced an excellent reference book. In her long introduction, she traces the history of a rising power from the beginning of the great Indian civilization to the present. The dictionary has thousands of entries arranged A-Z, ranging from a short paragraph to five pages. It includes places and events; the modern Indian government and its institutions; facts about the economy, cultures, and religions; and biographies of well-known people. Many maps and diagrams, a listing of abbreviations/acronyms, and an up-to-date chronology of Indian history are included. Ten appendixes--including lists of chief executives of the East India Company, the British Indian government, the modern Indian government, Indian political parties, and the major economic reforms--add value to the book. It also includes a glossary of Indian terms and a short essay with an excellent selected bibliography arranged under different subject headings. Mansingh provides a good introduction to this land of real diversity--with over a billion people of different cultures, religions, and languages--which is also one of the most successful democracies in the world. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Asian collections and libraries supporting lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers. R. N. Sharma Monmouth University
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...a powerful addition to the series of historical dictionaries of Asia and the Mid-East....Listings do more than provide a paragraph of detail: history and biography embrace pages of detail, at times, and are packed with in-depth coverage suitable for reports.
...has brief entries describing people; places; events; institutions; political parties; and social, cultural, and religious issues.
In this update of the 1996 edition, Mansingh (retired, international politics, Jawaharlal Nehru U., New Delhi), who now teaches part-time at the American U. in Washington, DC, provides a substantial introduction to this ancient country. She emphasizes modern India's democratic nature, rising stature as a global economic power, and the diversity of its huge but slowing in growth rate population. Entries feature geographical, cultural, religious, historical, and political facets and figures of this fascinating land. E.g., there are entries on its film industry, HIV/AIDS problem, and Bene Israel community.
This is certainly an excellent reference book and is recommended highly for all collections.
...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.
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Summaries
Long Description
The Republic of India is the second most populous, the seventh largest by geographical area, and has the fourth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity in the world. While it has always been an important country, it has often been neglected. Of late, however, there has been much talk of the "new" India, one with greater economic dynamism, a more active foreign policy, and the emergence of a huge middle class. With over a hundred new cross-referenced dictionary entries--the majority of which pertain to the last decade--and updating others, the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of India illustrates the rapidly evolving situation without neglecting the country's ancient past. The chronology has been brought up to date, the introduction expanded, and the bibliography includes numerous new titles.
Long Description
The Republic of India is the second most populous, the seventh largest by geographical area, and has the fourth largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity in the world. While it has always been an important country, it has often been neglected. Of late, however, there has been much talk of the "new" India, one with greater economic dynamism, a more active foreign policy, and the emergence of a huge middle class. With over a hundred new cross-referenced dictionary entries-the majority of which pertain to the last decade-and updating others, the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of India illustrates the rapidly evolving situation without neglecting the country's ancient past. The chronology has been brought up to date, the introduction expanded, and the bibliography includes numerous new titles.

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