The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

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Penguin Books India, 2003 - India - 555 pages
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A Largely Rewritten Version Of A Classic History Of Early India Concerned Not Only With The Past But Also With The Interaction Of The Past And The Present.

Romila Thapar S Penguin History Of Early India Brings To Life Many Centuries Of The Indian Past. Dynastic History Provides A Chronological Frame But The Essential Thrust Of The Book Is The Explanation Of The Changes In Society And Economy. The Mutation Of Religious Beliefs And Practices, The Exploration Of Areas Of Knowledge In Which India Excelled, Its Creative Literature, Are All Woven Into A Historical Context.

In This Version, The Opening Chapters Explain How The Interpretations Of Early Indian History Have Changed. Further, Although The Diversity Of Sources And Their Readings Are Well Known, Nevertheless, This Narrative Provides Fresh Readings And Raises New Questions. Romila Thapar Gives A Vivid And Nuanced Picture Of The Rich Mosaic Of Varied Landscapes, Languages, Kingdoms And Beliefs, And The Interaction Between These That Went Into The Making Of A Remarkable Civilization.
  

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User Review  - Suhas S - Flipkart

The book contains description of Indian history from the eyes of a linguist. Romila Thapar is known to be a vociferous supporter of the Aryan Invasion Theory, though today the surmounting scientific ... Read full review

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Contents

Perceptions of the Past
1
Landscapes and Peoples
37
Antecedents
69
c I200600
245
c AD 300700
280
Emerging Regional Kingdoms
326
AD 500900
363
c AD 7001 2 00
405
Distributive Political Economies
442
Maps
510
Select Bibliographies
516
General Bibliography
542
37
550
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