Ganges by Sudipta Sen audiobook

Ganges: The Many Pasts of an Indian River

By Sudipta Sen
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Tantor Audio 9780300119169
14.58 Hours Unabridged
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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. 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 a remarkable portrait of one of the world's largest and most densely populated river basins.

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Summary

Summary

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 a remarkable portrait of one of the world's largest and most densely populated river basins.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Ganges is for anyone interested in the history of India or the story of people in a landscape…Its scope is vast and its accomplishment deeply impressive.” Ruth Harris, University of Oxford
“A remarkable achievement…Sen’s beautifully written book should serve as a model for historians, anthropologists, and others interested in the meaning of civilization.” Faisal Devji, University of Oxford
“Stunningly original…The best history of the Ganges that currently exists…This is deep, patient scholarship of a kind that one rarely sees.” Sunil Amrith, author of Crossing the Bay of Bengal

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Author

Author Bio: Sudipta Sen

Author Bio: Sudipta Sen

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

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 14.58
Audience: Adult
Language: English