India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Subcontinent from c. 7000 BCE to CE 1200
India: The Ancient Past provides a clear and systematic introduction to the cultural, political, economic, social and geographical history of ancient India from the time of the pre-Harappan culture nine thousand years ago up until the beginning of the second millennium of the Common Era. The book engages with methodological and controversial issues by examining key themes such as the Indus-Sarasvati civilization, the Aryan controversy, the development of Vedic and heterodox religions, and the political economy and social life of ancient Indian kingdoms.
This fully revised and updated second edition includes:
This richly illustrated guide provides a fascinating account of the early development of Indian culture and civilization that will appeal to all students of Indian history.
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the early prehistory of India
3 The HarappanIndusSarasvati civilisation
4 Who were the Aryans?
5 PostVedic centuries
imperialism and compassion
7 Between the Mauryas and the Guptas
8 The era of the Imperial Guptas
9 Feudal north India