Adalaj Stepwell | Ahmedabad: Discover India | Photojournals (Heritage of India Book 7)
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History of India
India has enjoyed a long period of history. It is one of the lands of ancient civilizations. The history of the Indian subcontinent began with the birth of the Indus Valley Civilization and the coming of the Aryans. This period going back to almost 3300 BC, is usually referred to as the pre-Vedic or the Vedic period. It was during this time, that Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism rose in the country.
Then came the time of powerful ruling dynasties. Amongst the first rulers to hold dominion over most of the Indian subcontinent were the Mauryan Empire. During the 4th and 3rd Century BC, they had conquered and ruled over most of the Indian subcontinent. For the next 1500 years, a lot of different rulers ruled over different parts of the Indian subcontinent, and India flourished in all aspects, including trade, literature, culture, religion, administration, civilization, mathematics, astronomy, et cetera.
The Islamic rule in the country started in the 13th Century, beginning in the northern parts of the country when the Delhi Sultanate was founded in 1206 CE. Although Islam had come to many parts of the subcontinent as early as 8th Century, it truly rose to power only after 13th Century CE. Over time, many other dynasties rose, conquered lands, built significant landmarks and fell again. Some of the notable ones included the Mughals, the Marathas, the Sikhs, et cetera.
From the late 18th Century onwards, a large part of India was annexed by the British East India Company, amongst other colonial powers such as the Dutch, the French and the Portuguese. After the revolt of 1857 however, much of the control of the country fell directly under the hands of the British Crown. Then began a long struggle for Independence which was finally accomplished in the year 1947, after the country was partitioned into the dominions of India, Pakistan and several other princely states.
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