The history of India is one rich in cultural, social, and economic development, along with plenty of conflict. Students embarking on a study of India's origins can expect to follow its development from ancient times, including the Indus Valley civilization, to modern-day India and the struggle for independence from the British Empire. From its humble roots as a peaceful nation of culture, literature, and agriculture, India's progression from the ancient and medieval period to the early modern period was one of great strife. Extensive war and conflict from the 17th century onwards characterized India's journey toward independence. The transitional period between medieval and modern India was one of rebellion, political and legal reform, the overthrow of an out-dated caste system, famine, and war. Interestingly, India was home to great visionaries such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Currently one of the fastest growing new world nations on the planet, India's journey has been one of both beauty and conflict. Home to four of the worlds largest religions and currently the 10th largest economy in the world, India has, in the last century, seen it's largest leap forward both economically and technologically. What is yet to come for India remains to be seen, but this great nation's journey is far from over. To gain basic understanding and insight into the history and origins of India and its journey toward becoming a modern nation, we recommend students visit Ancient India.