- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: ORIENT BLACK SWAN; First edition (2009)
- Language: English
- ASIN: 8125036849
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 602 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book is relatively concise when compared to books on the same topic by other authors. It captures the holistic view of not only struggle for independence but also the later Mughal period (post Aurangzeb), the decline of central authority, rise of regional satraps and the domination of tribes from Afghanistan. Those who are preparing for Civil Services should definitely go through this book twice or thrice, especially as in the new pattern the history syllabus will begin from the mid-18th century instead of mid-19th century, as was the case earlier. --Kavinder Negi on 06 Mar 2013
this book gives a brief description about the events happened chronologically and so easy to get the writings of the author... one should read it --Ankit Bala on 22 Feb 2015
It is the must book for all IAS aspirants. Written in very Lucid language, like a story very interesting to read. This book made history easy for student like me of engineering background. --Abhi Sinha on 07 Feb 2015
About the Author
Bipan Chandra is a renowned author and historian from India. Apart from this book, Chandra has written a number of other books, and they include Essays on Colonialism, The Epic Struggle, Communalism in Modern India, The Rise And Growth Of Economic Nationalism In India: Economic Policies Of Indian National Leadership, Indian National Movement: The Long Term Dynamics, and In The Name Of Democracy: The JP Movement And The Emergency. Chandra was born in Himachal Pradesh, and he completed his schooling from Forman Christian College in Lahore. He completed his degree from Stanford University, USA, and went on to earn a doctorate from the University of Delhi. For several years, Chandra served as a professor at Hindu College, Delhi. Later, he taught history at Jawaharlal Nehru University. In the year 1985, he was selected to be the General President of the Indian History Congress. He has also served as the Chairman of the National Book Trust, New Delhi. Chandra has also been a part of the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.
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this is a very good just like other books of Bipin Sir on indian history.
the period ranges from decline of mughal empire to freedom of India in 1947. but the main advantage of this book is to read about the following topICS:
1.period between 1757 to 1857. for events after 1857 read Bipin chandra's India struggle for independence.
2. religious and social reform in 19th century.
Non- history optional students for upsc may avoid this book . they can buy spectrum book on history which is a summary of Bipin chandra's book.
It explains how hard it was for indian to get freedom from british and indian peoples struggle by british rule. I came to know that hindu muslim unity divided by them to make it harder to fight for freedom ... but sad to know that today politicians use same tricks to gain power..
For me reading first 100-150 pages were bit harder to read but later pages i found very interesting..
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very bad ink and colours on cover
just feels cheap..
altough book is written well
but received either fake version or quality of original is that bad.
Now, that said, I have rated it 3 stars since this is not a great book from academic standpoint. Whether you are looking at reading this for an exam or plainly fro research, this book is pretty unorganized. But it is really interesting, with a lot of detail though.
The structure of this book is similar to a conversation to an elder, so just like most conversation this book's flow isint linear, it goes back and forth. For example, when you think you are thorough with entire economic and political situation prior to the Revolt of 1857, the author adds more inputs in a later chapter. This isint one-off and keeps happening time and again. This makes it very difficult to make physical or mental notes. Besides, with limited time and planned reading for 1 or 2 hours every day, this makes it difficult to keep track of all the events using any memory method. A really good case is the mention of the British Lords and their activities, it really messes up your timeline and order in which the Lords took over command of East India Company.
So unless you are an ardent history buff and have a great memory - this book is not for you ACADEMICALLY. Even if you are short by one of the two, you should look at other better sources for UPSC or any other competitive exam.
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