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Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River

Author:
Sen, Sudipta

ISBN:
978 0 300 11916 9
Format:
Hardback
Pages:
456
List price(s):
30.00 USD
20.00 GBP
23.00 EUR

Publication date:
25 January 2019

Short description: 

A sweeping, interdisciplinary history of the world's third-largest river, a potent symbol across South Asia and the Hindu diaspora

Full description: 

A sweeping, interdisciplinary history of the world's third-largest river, a potent symbol across South Asia and the Hindu diaspora Originating in the Himalayas and flowing into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges is India's most important and sacred river. In this unprecedented work, historian Sudipta Sen tells the story of the Ganges, from the communities that arose on its banks to the merchants that navigated its waters, and the way it came to occupy center stage in the history and culture of the subcontinent. Sen begins his chronicle in prehistoric India, tracing the river's first settlers, its myths of origin in the Hindu tradition, and its significance during the ascendancy of popular Buddhism. In the following centuries, Indian empires, Central Asian regimes, European merchants, the British Empire, and the Indian nation-state all shaped the identity and ecology of the river. Weaving together geography, environmental politics, and religious history, Sen offers in this lavishly illustrated volume a remarkable portrait of one of the world's largest and most densely populated river basins.

Biography: 

Sudipta Sen is professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and is the author of Distant Sovereignty: National Imperialism and the Origins of British India. He lives in Woodland, CA.

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