Sunday, September 16, 2007

Medieval India

As far as I can tell, nothing happened in India between the end of the Gupta Empire around 550 CE and the beginning of the Muhgal Empire in 1526, although some sources mention a Delhi Sultanate starting in 1206 or a Muslim invasion in the early 1100s. But in general, web sources jump from Ancient India (pre-550) to Medieval India (post-1526), nearly a thousand years. My history encyclopedias aren't much better, with just a page of very generalized "culture" - and a page on the cultures influenced by this period in India , which apparently had nothing worth reporting. What gives? I have a hard time believing that nothing happened, but it makes it hard to explain what was going on to my kids when I can't find anything relevant.

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