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A Comprehensive History of Assam

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A book by S. L. Baruah

This is a basic textbook on the history of the Indian state of Assam.

Author: S. L. Baruah
Publisher: Munshirm Manoharlal Pub Pvt Ltd (November 1995)
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A Good Textbook on the History of Assam (India)

  • Mar 8, 2009
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This is a well-written comprehensive history of Assam, a far Northeast state in India. It's written at a high school level and is essentially a textbook for English speakers. It does a nice job of providing the socio-economic and political history of the area from ancient times through India's partition after World War II.

This text is excellent in discussing the ethnic diversity and migrations into and out of Assam over the centuries, giving it a very unique ethnic and religious make-up. It's also good at providing basic background on its economy through modern times.

While it covers politics well enough, clearly there is no great detail in any one era. But it certainly provides the basic chronology and important events throughout the area's history. Especially compelling is, despite being very backward developmentally even today, Assam (or at least parts of modern day Assam) was able to maintain its independence during the Mogul reign, fought off Burmese incursions, and only lost its independence when Britain consolidated its power over India in the mid-1800's. The book also does an excellent job of discussing the impact of the post-World War II partition on Assam and the origins of modern day ethnic and political conflict, much of it stemming from immigration and a backward, non-developing economy.

Overall, this book provides the reader the basic outline of Assamese history and is handy companion for those interested in this area's development.

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