India's Ancient Past

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - History - 387 pages
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R.S.Sharma, one of the best-known historians of Early India, provides a comprehensive yet accessible text on the ancient period of Indian history. Beginning with topics such as historiography and the importance of Ancient Indian history, he goes on to cover the geographical, econological and linguistic settings, before looking at specific cultures of the neolithic, chalcolithic types, the Harappan civilization, the Vedic period, the rise of Jainism and Buddhism, Magadha and the beginning of territorial states, the age of the Mauryas, Satavahanas, Guptas, and Harshavardhana. While taking the reader on this journeyt through time, he highlights important phenomena such as the beginning of urbanization and monarchy in India, invasions, the Varna system, commerce and trade, developments in philosophy and cultural efflorescence. He ends this insightful volume with a comment on the transition from Ancient to Medieval.

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User Review  - Sreedevi Sakura - Goodreads

Woah!!! It really is a fascinating book!!! Anyone who wants to know about our country's ancient times just pick it up and start ... written in a simple scholarly manner it is a pleasure to read ... Hope Everyone finds it as interesting as I did !!! :D Read full review

Contents

The Significance of Ancient Indian History
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Copper Hoards Anthropomorph Figure Bharat Kala Bhawan Banaras
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Mother Goddess Terracotta Mohenjodaro
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R. S. Sharma is Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University of Patna. He is also the Founder Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research.

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