100 Best Books on Indian History


The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community.

1. India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy by Ramachandra Guha


2. The Discovery of India by Jawaharlal Nehru


3. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra


4. The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mahatma Gandhi


5. The Wonder That Was India: A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent before the coming of the Muslims by Arthur Llewellyn Basham


6. Medieval India: From Sultanat To The Mughals 1526–1748 by Satish Chandra


7. India: A History by John Keay


8. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple


9. Medieval India — From Sultanat to the Mughals — Part One — Delhi Sultanat (1206–1526) by Satish Chandra


10. Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar


11. The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline by Damodar Dharmananda Kosambi


12. The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple


13. India After Independence by Bipan Chandra


14. Indira: The Life of Indira Nehru Gandhi by Katherine Frank


15. A History of India, vol. 1: From Origins to 1300 (A History of India #1) by Romila Thapar


16. Ancient India: in Historical Outline by D.N. Jha


17. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra


18. An Autobiography: Toward Freedom by Jawaharlal Nehru


19. Dominance Without Hegemony: History and Power in Colonial India by Ranajit Guha


20. Land of the Seven Rivers: A Brief History of India’s Geography by Sanjeev Sanyal


21. Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History by Romila Thapar


22. Alberuni’s India by أبو الريحان البيروني


23. A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India : From the Stone Age to the 12th Century by Upinder Singh


24. Jai Somnath by Kanhaiyalal Maniklal Munshi (કનૈયાલાલ માણેકલાલ મુનશી)


25. Our Moon Has Blood Clots: The Exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits by Rahul Pandita


26. A New Look At Modern Indian History: Men Of Destiny by B.L. Grover


27. Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas by Romila Thapar


28. Freedom at Midnight by Larry Collins


29. Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India by Lawrence James


30. Medieval Indian Society And Culture (Advanced Study In The History Of Medieval India, Vol. Iii) by J.L. Mehta


31. The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas by Mahatma Gandhi


32. Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India by Ranajit Guha


33. India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking by Anand Giridharadas


34. The Mughal Throne by Abraham Eraly


35. The Story of India by Michael Wood


36. The Illustrated History Of South India by K.A. Nilakanta Sastri


37. Siamese White by Maurice Collis


39. Jahanara: Princess of Princesses by Kathryn Lasky


40. The Peacemakers: India and the Quest for One World by Manu Bhagavan


41. The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556–1707 by Irfan Habib


42. The Lives of the Mughal Emperors by John Reeve


43. Hind Swaraj or Indian Home Rule by Mahatma Gandhi


44. Private Life of the Mughals of India by R. Nath


45. Untouchables: My Family’s Triumphant Journey Out of the Caste System in Modern India by Narendra Jadhav


46. Economic History Of Medieval India: A Survey by Irfan Habib


47. Early Medieval Indian Society: A Study in Feudalisation by R.S. Sharma


48. Our Bones Are Scattered: The Cawnpore Massacres and The Indian Mutiny Of 1857 by Andrew Ward


49. Atlas of the Mughal Empire by Irfan Habib


50. Early Records Of British India by James Talboys Wheeler


51. Ancient India: New Research by Upinder Singh


53. Wonder That Was India, Part 2 by S.A.A. Rizvi


54. Modern India, 1885 1947 by Sumit Sarkar


55. Hind Swaraj and Other Writings by Mahatma Gandhi


56. Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World by Mike Davis


57. India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra


58. The Guardians of Karma by M. Vizhakat


59. The Secret History of Iran by Hamad Subani


60. Divine Akbar and Holy India by Farzana Moon


61. Heaven’s Command: An Imperial Progress (The Pax Britannica Trilogy, #1) by Jan Morris


62. Anu: The Raj Years by Shabnam Vasisht


63. Sikkim: Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom by Andrew Duff


64. Midnight’s Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India’s Partition by Nisid Hajari


65. Freedom movement and Indian Muslims by Santimoy Roy


66. City of Victory: The Rise and Fall of Vijayanagara by Ratnakar Sadasyula


67. Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition by B.R. Ambedkar


68. A Princess Remembers: The Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur by Gayatri Devi


69. The Sole Spokesman: Jinnah, the Muslim League and the Demand for Pakistan by Ayesha Jalal


70. Pax Britannica: Climax of an Empire by Jan Morris


71. Anu: The Nomad Years by Shabnam Vasisht


72. Khairlanji: A Strange And Bitter Crop by Anand Teltumbde


73. Maharani by Diwan Jarmani Dass


74. Farewell The Trumpets: An Imperial Retreat by Jan Morris


75. India Unbound by Gurcharan Das


76. We Also Made History: Women in the Ambedkarite Movement by Urmila Pawar


77. The Mulberry Empire by Philip Hensher


78. Maharaja: The lives, loves and intrigues of the Maharajas of India by Diwan Jarmani Dass


80. South India Under the Cholas by Y. Subbarayalu


81. Dalit Visions: The Anti Caste Movement And The Construction Of An Indian Identity, Rev. Edition, Pa by Gail Omvedt


82. Ancient India by R.C. Majumdar


83. The Origins of Yoga and Tantra: Indic Religions to the Thirteenth Century by Geoffrey Samuel


84. The Madurai Sultanate: A Concise History by Sandeep Balakrishna


85. Borders and Boundaries: How Women Experienced the Partition of India by Ritu Menon


86. Women of the Raj: The Mothers, Wives, and Daughters of the British Empire in India by Margaret MacMillan


87. Karma Cola: Marketing the Mystic East by Gita Mehta


88. The Emergency: A Personal History by Coomi Kapoor


89. Plain Tales from the Raj by Charles Allen


90. The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India by Harleen Singh


91. Art of Osian Temples by Asha Kalia


92. People Without History: India’s Muslim Ghettos by Jeremy Seabrook


93. The Golden Calm: An English Lady’s Life in Moghul Delhi by M.M. Kaye


94. A Corner of a Foreign Field: The Indian History of a British Sport by Ramachandra Guha


95. Pilgrims Of The Stars by Dilip Kumar Roy


96. Dishonoured by History: Criminal Tribes and British Colonial Policy by Meena Radhakrishna


97. Rewriting History: Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai by Uma Chakravarti


98. The Raj by Lawrence James


99. MAHAD: The Making of the First Dalit Revolt by Anand Teltumbde


100. India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Lower Castes in North India by Christophe Jaffrelot


Source: https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14527.Indian_History

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