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From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India from 326 BC to AD 1999

Kaushik Roy (Author)
Synopsis Warfare has determined the fate of India from the dawn of civilization. Battles like Tarain and Panipat have altered the course of history. The army has always been one of the biggest government employers and the military constituted the principal item of expenditure for the state. Nevertheless, military history remains marginal within the academic discourse. In this volume, the aim is to show the interaction between war as an institution and society. Along with society, ecology remains a crucial integer in shaping the scope and mode of warfare. A long duree approach along with cross-cultural comparisons is undertaken for understanding the specificity of Indian military history. This book is a work of synthesis and argues that several military revolutions and occurred outside India since the time of Alexander. None the less, such developments by themselves were unable to guarantee military success to the foreigners due to specific conditions with in the Indian theatre of warfare. Only those powers which were able to synthesize the elements of military revolutions with the traditional Indian system of warfare, were able to dominate the subcontinent. This book also contains guidelines for contemporary military management. Hence, it is hoped that this volume will not only be useful from a strictly academic perspective but would also be of interest to the policy makers.
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About the author

Kaushik Roy

Kaushik Roy, who specializes in the military history of India, is a Junior Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary Studies. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. His articles have been published in journals like War in History, and Journal of Military History. He is the author of From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India.

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Title From Hydaspes to Kargil: A History of Warfare in India from 326 BC to AD 1999
Author Kaushik Roy
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173045437
length 283p., Maps.