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An Introduction to the study of Indian History
by D D Kosambi      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 9761 - Paperback - 415 Pages (Year: 2004)
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 Indiaclub.com Description

This significant work outlines a fundamentally new approach to the study of Indian history, and is intended to serve as a critical guide to scientific historical thought.

An Introduction to the study of Indian History is a reprint of the second revised edition of a great work on Indian history. A fundamentally new approach to the study of Indian History, its scientific methodology, modern technique of interpretation, selection and analysis of basis problems make the presentation vivid and absorbing.

Professor D.D. Kosambi has asked significant, new questions and added materially to the answers given in the past by others to several questions He has corrected many a previous error and thrown open new fields for research. One of the principal tasks of this book is to serve as a critical guide to scientific historical thought. The work marks the highest level of approach to social, political and economic processes starting from the material plane.

The reader is shown how to gain a profound insight into the past by examination of the monuments, customs and records which survive. At the same time, the present is shown to be the inevitable result of a steady historical development. Complete grasp of the material and mastery of detail shown in the survey of the movement from a pre-historic tribal society to the machine age make this volume a unique contribution to contemporary historiography.

The fruit of patient research and the mature reflection of a profoundly original mind, this volume is one of his major works – a scientific synthesis gained by unremitting search for fact and meaning. It is no exaggeration to state that this work on Indian history has earned universal recognition and honor.



 Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION
PREFACE TO THE FIST EDITION
PUBLISHER’S NOTE
ABBREVIATIONS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY
CHRONOLOGICAL OUTLINE
THE MAKING OF HISTORY [ILLUSTRATIONS]
COMMENTARY TO THE ILLUSTRATIONS

1 SCOPE AND METHODS
2 THE HERITAGE OF PRE-CLASS SOCIETY
3 CIVILIZATION AND BARBARISM IN THE INDUS VAILEY
4 THE ARYANS IN THE LAND OF THE SEVEN RIVERS
5 THE ARYAN EXPANSION
6 THE RISE OF MAGADHA
7 THE FORMATION OF A VILLAGE ECONOMY
8 INTERLUDE OF TRADE AND INVASIONS
9 FEUDALISM FROM ABOVE
10 FEUDALISM FROM BELOW

INDEX

 


 About the Author

Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi was born in Portuguese Goa in 1907, in a family given to rigorous learning and to the exemplary cultivation of social relationships. In 1918 the family moved to America when Damodar's father, a major Buddhist scholar, accepted a teaching assignment at Harvard. Damodar entered the Cambridge Latin School at eleven and graduated brilliantly from Harvard in mathematics, history and languages eight years later.

Returning to India in the late 1920s, Kosambi taught for a while at the Banaras Hindu University and then at the Aligarh Muslim University. By 1932, he had settled in at Ferguson College, Pune, and thereafter devoted himself to the pursuit of research in a wide range of subjects. Before his death , Kosambi had four major books, five edited volumes, and a hundred and twenty-seven papers and articles to his credit. A legend in his own lifetime, his reputation has only grown since his premature death in 1966.

His major works are: Introduction to the Study of Indian History, Myth and Reality, The culture and Civilization of Ancient India and Exasperating Essays. The bibliography of his writings lists lover a hundred entries comprising several books and a number of original papers.


 

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