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Ancient India - In Historical Outline
Ancient India - In Historical Outline

Ancient India - In Historical Outline

by D N Jha

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Language

English

Publisher

Manohar

ISBN

8173042853 - Year: 2006 - Pages: 216

Binding

Paperback

D N Jha

Author: D N Jha
Publisher: Manohar
Year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 216
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8173042853

Description

This book is a substantially modified and enlarged version of the author’s Ancient India: an Introductory Outline (Delhi, 1977) and surveys the major developments in India’s social, economic and cultural history up to the end of the ancient period and the beginning of the early middle ages and explains the rise and growth of states with reference to their material basis. Special attention has been paid to the elements of change and continuity in society, economy and culture, and to the changing forms of exploitation and consequent social tensions as well as to the role of religion and superstition in society.

The book demolishes the popular historiographical stereotypes crated by the Hindu-chauvinist communal writings. It also gives the lie to the view that the Indian society has been stagnant and changeless-a view which was propagated by Western scholars in the heyday of British imperialism and continues to be peddled ingeniously in our own times.

The assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and the demolition of the Baburi Masjid are two, unforgettable milestones in the unfolding of the backward-looking Hindu revivalist and fascist politics of contemporary India.

Since both Harappa and Mohenjodaro are situated now in Pakistan, the Hindu revivalists are busy locating the epicenter of the Harappan culture in the elusive Saraswati valley.

REVIEWS

It is a very original study, You are quite right in what you say about the myth of the golden age.
-A L Basham in personal communication

As an introduction to the social and economic history of India in its ancient period, this book serves the purpose extremely well.
-Romila Thapar in Indian Historical Review

This is certainly the best book available for readers interested in ancient Indian history.
-N Karashima, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

LIST OF MAPS

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION

CHAPTER 1
Introduction

CHAPTER 2
From Prehistory to the Harappan Civilization

CHAPTER 3
The Aryans and the Vedic Life

CHAPTER 4
The Material Background of Religious Dissent: Jainism and Buddhism

CHAPTER 5
The First Territorial States

CHAPTER 6
The First Empire

CHAPTER 7
Invasions, Trade and Culture c 200 BC-AD 300

CHAPTER 8
The Myth of the Golden Age

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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