To begin with, the Indian encounters with the Turks took a significant toll on Indian society. The Turks were a group who specialized in metalworking, frequently raided parts of China and often had civil wars within their own nation. The Turks were a very violent and hostile nation, and it is even stated in Understanding World Societies that the Turks proclaimed they would rather destroy each other rather than live side-by-side (293). The regions of South Asia felt the impact of the arrival of the Turks when horsemen from both the east and the west of the Turk nation sent armies south to raid and invade all of north India. The Turks would destroy the Mauryan Empire in 185 B.C.E., and this is what would leave India p...
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...ng religion and foreign to the people of India, yet there is a defied truth that Islam’s spread peacefully throughout India with the alliances formed between the Indian people, the Turks, and the Mongols. The encounters that the ancient Indian people had to endure with the Turks, Mongols, and Islam have had the most memorable impact and impression on Indian culture and other societies throughout the east. Ancient Indian history is often overlooked within our society, but perhaps there should be a second look at how the Indian people have became who they are today, what attributes that have given society, and what pandemonium they have overcame as a civilization to stay in existence and stand against the test of time.
John P. McKay et al., Understanding World Societies A Brief History Volume 1 to 1600. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2010. Print.
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