History ii iii. JAWAHARLAL NEHRU. Glimpses of World History. BEING FURTHER LETTERS TO HIS DAUGHTER,. WRITTEN IN PRISON, AND. 6 GLIMPSES OF WORLD HISTORY this bright future dream of ours nearer to the present, and given to India's past a shining page of history. 2 THE LESSON OF. Letter to Indira Gandhi by Nehru. ii iii JAWAHARLAL NEHRU Glimpses of World History BEING FURTHER LETTERS TO HIS DAUGHTER, WRITTEN IN PRISON, AND CONTAINING A RAMBLING ACCOUNT OF HISTORY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH 50 MAPS BY J. F. My father's three books — Glimpses of World History.

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This huge book was a birthday gift from my mom many years back, and all this time it lay in the back of some shelf, collecting dust and turning yellow because I simply could not gather enough interest to pick it up.

I could not be any happier to be proven wrong when I did get around to reading this though. It was incredible to know anyway, that this around page beast is simp I really debated with myself on whether to give this 5 stars. It was incredible to know anyway, that this around page beast is simply a collection of letters written by Jawaharlal Nehru to his daughter Indira, within a span of three years while he was in.

In some way, that brought a sense of awe and admiration before even reading the first page. Now about the book.

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Nehru's knowledge, intellect and prose deserve the utmost praise. If only modern Indian writers could take a page or two out of Nehru's book.

Nehru manages to hold your entire attention as he narrates the history of almost everything. From the Indus valley civilization to the Egyptians and the Greeks and Romans and Turks and the Persians and the Chinese, Nehru takes us on a journey spanning centuries and millennia and does this in a way far more interesting than any history textbook you could find.

Nowhere does taking in so much information feel laborious or like an unpleasant chore, since Nehru always remembers that his young daughter is reading this letter and is always careful to tell it like any father telling a story to his child. Alongside this sea of information, he offers his own opinions and insights on various world events and personalities.

Nehru's analysis is impeccable and this book makes us know about him almost as much as he makes us know about world history.

Kopf asserted, "The book by Nehru, as already intimated, is an affirmation of his faith in the idea that the history of humanity has moved and continues to move forward toward greater perfectibility in a political, socioeconomic, scientific, technological, and moral sense.

There is significant value in these analyses of Nehru's world history. Kopf's analysis is correct in that Nehru clearly wrote a history guided by the ideas of modernity.

In the second letter of Glimpses of World History, "The Lesson of History," Nehru briefly provided his interpretation of world history and his acceptance of the progressive narrative. Individual civilizations suffer low points and revel in high points, but generally the pattern of history can only be located in the world as a whole as part of a universalistic notion of progress.

He suggested, "The world is a big place and the rise and fall of any country for a while may not make much difference to the world at large. Nehru, similar to many in the post-World War I era, was astonished by the brutality and loss of life during the international struggle.

Additionally, Nehru analyzed history in the hopes of better understanding British imperialism and how India might combat this system of domination. Nehru was enamored of the ideas circulating about socialism and its "prophet," Karl Marx. However, Nehru admitted that democracy and parliamentary institutions were praiseworthy as well.

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To Nehru, the ideal society would blend socialist ideas of economic equality with democratic ideas of political equality. Only this combination he would argue might bring an end to misery and poverty in the world.

These analyses describe some of Nehru's basic ideas in Glimpses of World History; however, Nehru's history revealed a much more complex approach to world history that transcended national boundaries in.

He admired the developments in technology that enabled people to travel quickly throughout the world via railroad or air.


Consequently, Nehru dealt with this increased interconnectivity and reliance among nations by emphasizing earlier examples of such travel, contact and interaction in his history. Nehru denounced his contemporaries for the narrow-minded nationalism that had emerged in the nineteenth-century and dominated in the twentieth-century.

In a letter on the nineteenth- century, Nehru explained: you must try to remember that all of these nineteenth-century events in different countries took place contemporaneously, more or less at the same time, influencing and reacting on each other.

That is why the study of history of one country by itself is very deceptive; only a world history can give us a right idea of the importance of events and forces that have shaped the past and made it into the present. To Nehru, the increasing interconnectivity of the world originated in the earliest periods of history and the ability of civilizations to synthesize newly introduced ideas with their own was significant in any civilizations survival.

The consistent interactions between regions, usually Europe and Asia, created new conditions. Adaptation through the synthesis of new ideas with traditionally held beliefs was the only means of survival and Nehru's history emphasized these instances of contact and synthetic interaction.

Gopal already pointed out that Nehru recognized the need for Indian cultural synthesis.History, to Nehru, was not a separate distinctive time, but directly affected and represented current situations. A number ofletters dealwiththeMiddle East, theemergence of nationalism in theArabworld,andthere-awakening ofIndiaunder.

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Subject alert. One is awed by the breadth of Nehru's culture. One can see his socialist leanings and despise of capitalism rising out of the bad economic situation in the s when the capitalist countries were struggling with debt, inflation, over-production and unemployment while the Soviets were beginning to grow under the implementation of the five year plans, their economy relatively unaffected by the great depression worldwide.

In the second letter of Glimpses of World History, "The Lesson of History," Nehru briefly provided his interpretation of world history and his acceptance of the progressive narrative.

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