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Ganges : the many pasts of an Indian river

Author: Sudipta Sen
Publisher: [New Haven, Connecticut] : Yale University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sudipta Sen
ISBN: 9780300119169 030011916X
OCLC Number: 1029882740
Description: xi, 445 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The world of pilgrims --
Ganga descends --
Digging out of prehistory --
Rise of the warring kingdoms --
Guardians of the middle country --
The goddess of fortune --
Crucible of empires --
The making of the agrarian heartland --
The Ganges in the age of empire --
Epilogue: The two bodies of the river.
Other Titles: Many pasts of an Indian river
Responsibility: Sudipta Sen.

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

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"A beguiling, if somewhat sorrowful, account, both a historical biography of the river and, in a way, its obituary. . . . Pleasingly written and indisputably the single best text on the Ganges and Read more...

 
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