India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 BCE to CE 1200

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Routledge, Jul 1, 2016 - History - 332 pages

India: The Ancient Past provides a clear and systematic introduction to the cultural, political, economic, social and geographical history of ancient India from the time of the pre-Harappan culture nine thousand years ago up until the beginning of the second millennium of the Common Era. The book engages with methodological and controversial issues by examining key themes such as the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, the Aryan controversy, the development of Vedic and heterodox religions, and the political economy and social life of ancient Indian kingdoms.

This fully revised and updated second edition includes:

  • Three new chapters examining the differences and commonalities between the north and south of India;
  • Extended discussion on contested issues, such as the origins of the Aryans and the role of feudalism in ancient India;
  • New source excerpts to introduce students to the most significant works in the historiography of India, and questions for discussion;
  • Study guides, including a list of key issues, suggested readings and a selection of internet sources for each chapter;
  • Specially designed maps to illustrate different time periods and geographical regions

This richly illustrated guide provides a fascinating account of the early development of Indian culture and civilization that will appeal to all students of Indian history.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
the early prehistory of India
20
3 The HarappanIndusSarasvati civilisation
38
4 Who were the Aryans?
64
5 PostVedic centuries
97
imperialism and compassion
122
7 Between the Mauryas and the Guptas
150
8 The era of the Imperial Guptas
180
10 The ascendancy of the south
242
cultural unity and diversity
272
Select glossary of Indic terms
302
Select glossary of archaic Indic place names
304
Classification of ancient Indian texts by subject
306
Bibliography
310
Index
325
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9 Feudal north India
209

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About the author (2016)

Burjor Avari MBE is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He has taught history at school and university levels for over five decades. His previous publications include Islamic Civilization in South Asia: A History of Muslim Power and Presence in the Indian Subcontinent (Routledge, 2013).

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