Studying Early India: Archaeology, Texts and Historical Issues

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Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya
Anthem Press, 2003 - History - 259 pages
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This volume of essays focuses on the fresh set of problems that post-Independence historiography has brought to the fore. It covers areas such as the integration of archaeology with narratives of early Indian history; the trajectories of social change and social formation; the historical position of ideology and its shifts; and, importantly, how ways of communicating knowledge of the past is now increasingly under non-academic fundamentalist onslaught.
"Studying Early India" also investigates 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.
This new book on the methodological changes that confront the historian of precolonial India will consolidate Professor Chattopadhyaya's reputation as one of the foremost thinkers in his area of ancient and early medieval history.
  

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Brajadulal Chattopadhyayawas educated at Calcutta and Cambridge. He has taught at Burdwan University, Viswabharati and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where he is currently Professor of History. His books includeCoins and Currency Systems in South India(Manohar Publishers, 1977),The Making of Early Medieval India(Oxford University Press India, 1994). He has edited several volumes, including the collected essays of DD Kosambi, entitled Combined Methods in Indology and Other Essays (Oxford University Press India, 2002).

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