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Studying Early India - Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues
Studying Early India - Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues

Studying Early India - Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues

by Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya

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Language

English

Publisher

Permanent Black

ISBN

8178241439 - Year: 2011 - Pages: 283

Binding

Paperback

Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya
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Author: Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya
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Publisher: Permanent Black
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 283
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178241439

Description

It shows the profound impact of colonialism on the study of India’s early past, the new methods and premises introduced into India by colonial studies, and the variety of departures from traditional, pre-colonial modes of history-writing. It goes on the show that post-Independence historiography has brough a fresh set of problems to the fore: such as the integration of archaeology with narratives of early Indian history; of the trajectories of social change and social formation; of the historical position of ideology and its shifts; and of the ways of communicating knowledge of a past which is now increasingly under non-academic fundamentalist onslaughts.



With its diverse parts connected by strong threads of interest in the changing nature of history-writing on early India, this new book on the methodological changes that confront the historian of pre-colonial India will consolidate Professor Chattopadhyaya’s reputation as one of the foremost thinkers in his area of ancient and early medieval history.

Contents

Preface



INTRODUCTORY



The Study of Early India



ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORICAL ISSUES



Indian Archaeology and the Epic Traditions



Transition to the Early Historical Phase in the Deccan: A Note



Geographical Perspectives, Culture Change and Linkages:

Some Reflections of Early Punjab



Urban Centres in Early Bengal: Archaeological Perspectives



TEXTS AND HISTORICAL ISSUES



The City in Early India: Perspective from Texts



Autonomous Spaces and the Authority of the State:

The Contradiction and Its Resolution in Theory and Practice in Early India



Historical Context of the Early Medieval Temples of North India



Reappearance of the Goddess or the Brahmanical Mode of Appropriation: Some Early Epigraphic Evidence Bearing on Goddess Cults



Others, or the Others? Varieties of Difference in Indian Society at the Turn of the First Millennium and Their Historiographical Implications



HISTORIOGRAPHY AND HISTORY AS COMMUNICATION



Trends of Research on Ancient Indian Economic History



State and Economy in North India: Fourth Century to Twelfth Century



Cultural Plurality, Contending Memories and Concerns of Comparative History: Historiography and Pedagogy in Contemporary India

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