India: A History by John KeayTaking the longest possible view, Keay surveys what is both provable and invented in the historical record. His narrative begins in B. This period coincides with the arrival of Indo-European invaders, the so-called Aryans, whose name, of course, has been put to bad use at many points since. Keay traces the growth of subsequent states and kingdoms throughout antiquity and the medieval period, suggesting that the lack of unified government made the job of the European conquerors somewhat easier--but by no means inevitable. He continues to the modern day, his narrative ending with Indian-Pakistani conflicts in
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Keay deliberately inverts these priorities, devoting an unusual amount of space to the earliest era of proto-Chinese history, the period of myths and legends when many of the founding ideas about Chinese identity and lineage were laid down by semi-historical figures. This is just one of the several ways Keay deliberately sets out to question, challenge or overthrow the accepted narratives of Chinese history. Rule 1: China is obsessed by its history and its cultural continuity. The three pre-imperial dynasties are:. The increasing pace of archaeological discovery in the past 30 years freed from the Maoist dictatorship, paid for by new capitalist wealth, and often prompted by the frenzy of new building work going on in China has produced more and more evidence to undermine this centuries-old view.