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Classical Indian culture was formed under a series of civilizations in the last three thousand years BC; the Gupta dynasty in the 4th to 6th centurries AD saw a flowering of Indian science, art, and culture. The Delhi Sultanate in the 10th and 11th centuries followed a Moorish invasion; later the Mughal dynasty ruled India from 1500 to 1800.
European powers began to infiltrate India from the 17th century onwards, initially for trading purposes. The British East India Company ran what amounted to its own government in India during the 18th century and the first part of the 19th century. By degrees Britain became the dominant power in India, and by the middle of the 19th century India was counted as a part of the British Empire.
A (mostly) non-violent independence movement led by Ghandi and Nehru brought about the creation of a separate, independent Indian state in 1947, although a substantial part of the peninsula became Pakistan. Wars between India and Pakistan led to the eventual creation of Bangladesh out of what had been East Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons. More »