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A Comprehensive History of Assam Hardcover – Dec 1995
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For beginners, the book is in simple language and a great entry point to start off with more texts. For professionals too, this book is a handy asset to look back into the tidbits of Assam with amazing analytical views on the events of the State by the author.
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This text is excellent in discussing the ethnic diversity and migrations into and out of Assam over the centuries, giving it a very unique ethnic and religious make-up. It's also good at providing basic background on its economy through modern times.
While it covers politics well enough, clearly there is no great detail in any one era. But it certainly provides the basic chronology and important events throughout the area's history. Especially compelling is, despite being very backward developmentally even today, Assam (or at least parts of modern day Assam) was able to maintain its independence during the Mogul reign, fought off Burmese incursions, and only lost its independence when Britain consolidated its power over India in the mid-1800's. The book also does an excellent job of discussing the impact of the post-World War II partition on Assam and the origins of modern day ethnic and political conflict, much of it stemming from immigration and a backward, non-developing economy.
Overall, this book provides the reader the basic outline of Assamese history and is handy companion for those interested in this area's development.