A History of India
A History of Indiais a compact synthesis presenting the grand sweep of Indian history from antiquity to the present. It remains the definitive text on the nation. This new edition has been thoroughly revised, containing new research, and an up-to-date preface, index and dateline.
The authors examine the major political, economic, social and cultural forces which have shaped the history of the Indian subcontinent in this survey. This classic text is an authoritative detailed account which emphasises and analyses the stuctural pattern of Indian history.
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I found three books which gave some information about Ancient Indian history. They are Romila Thapar's Early India: From the Origins to Ad 1300, F.E.Pargiter: Ancient Indian Historical Tradition and A History of India by Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund. I am thrilled to read this book It really clarified some of the missing links between Indus civilisation and Vedic period. That gap in the history of India was dark. Some lights are shown.
Vedic people did not have the skills of the indigenous people.
The manipulation of the society which would give prestige to priestly class in combination of kings is very well explained.
Besides it also gives why and how the rigidity of caste system is maintained.
Even the concepts of Karma and Samsara were borrowed from indigenous people in later Vedic period. The book also indicates how vaisya's were included in higher hierarchy of the society.
I am really obliged to the Authors for enlightening me. These issues were in mind troubling for several decades.