Ancient Indian History and Civilization

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New Age International, Jan 1, 1999 - India - 668 pages
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A Single-Volume Study Of Ancient Indian History Delineating The Various Facets, Both Political And Cultural, And Incorporating The Fruits Of Recent Researches That Have Abundantly Appeared Since 1950, Has Not Been Attempted Before. Author Has Tried To Maintain A Delicate Balance Between Political History And Social, Economic And Cultural History Of Ancient India.The Book Covers The Pre-Historic India, The Vedic Age, The Post-Vedic Civilization, North India In The Sixth Century B.C. It Also Explains New Religious Movements And Their Socio-Economic Background, Maurya Age, Political Disintegration And Foreign Invasions. The Gupta Empire, The Prominence Of North Under Harshavardhana And Its Eclipse, Bengal Under The Palas And The Senas, Dynasties Of North India, Arabs And Turks In India, Indias Intercourse With The Outside World, Have Been Discussed In Depth.History Of Deccan And South India, Hitherto Not Given Due Weightage And Culture And Civilization Of Ancient India In All Its Variegated Hues, Have Received Due Attention. Some New Topics Like Espionage, Slavery, Guilds, Urbanisation, Feudalism And Science And Technology In Ancient India, Have Been Incorporated To Make The Book As Uptodate As Possible. Apart From Meeting The Requirements Of Undergraduate And Postgraduate Students Of Indian Universities, The Book Will Serve As A Useful Guide To Candidates For Civil Service Examination (Both Preliminary And Main).
  

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This book though tries to cover in general all the kingdoms existent in ancient india pre and post mohameddan period, yet contains some details which are not authentic and have no historical or archeological backing. Specifically, the reign of Lakhsmana Sena, the last Hindu ruler of India and his court. It has been proved by historical research that the celebrated Oriya poet, Jaydev and his famous work Gita Govinda was masterpeice of Oriya literature and was composed by the author, who was a resident of puri during the reigning eastern ganga dynasty of Kalinga, a vast empire on the eastern seaboard of india stretching from the Ganges to the Godavari. Also the conquests of Lakhsmanasena are doubtful given the fact that his administration was inept and extremely weak as was witnessed by the easy defeats of bengal at the hands of Bakhtiyar Khilji.  

Contents

SOURCES OF ANCIENT INDIAN HISTORY
14
PREHISTORIC INDIA
21
RIGVEDIC AGE
39
POSTVEDIC CIVILIZATION
57
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS
70
POLITICAL CONDITION OF NORTH INDIA IN
104
Anga Magadha Kasi Kosala Vriji Malla Chedi Kuru Panchala
127
POLITICAL DISINTEGRATION AND FOREIGN INVASION
168
NORTHERN INDIA AFTER HARSHA
263
BENGAL UNDER THE PALAS AND THE SENAS
273
THE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM
293
DYNASTIES OF NORTH INDIA
307
ARABS AND TURKS IN INDIA
346
THEDECCAN
359
SOUTH INDIA
443
INTERCOURSE WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD
502

THE SANGAM AGE
204
RISE OF NEW POWERS
246
HARSHAVARDHANAOFTHANESHVARANDKANAUJ
252
CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION IN ANCIENT INDIA
545
CONCLUSION
592
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