Early India From the Origins to AD 1300

ISBN-10: 0520242254

ISBN-13: 9780520242258

Edition: N/A

Authors: Romila Thapar

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Early India represents a complete rewriting by Romila Thapar of her classic work, A History of India (the first volume in the Penguin History of India series), thirty-five years after it was first published. Thapar has incorporated the vast changes in scholarly understanding and interpretation of Indian history that have occurred during her lifetime to revise the book for a new generation of readers. This new work brings to life thousands of years of history, tracing India's evolution before contact with modern Europe was established: its prehistoric beginnings; the great cities of the Indus civilization; the emergence of mighty dynasties such as the Mauryas, Guptas, and Cholas; the teachings of the Buddha; the creation of heroic epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana; and the creation of regional cultures. Thapar introduces figures from the remarkable visionary ruler Ashoka to other less exemplary figures. In exploring subjects as diverse as marriage, class, art, erotica, and astronomy, Thapar provides an incomparably vivid and nuanced picture of India. Above all, she shows the rich mosaic of diverse kingdoms, landscapes, languages, and beliefs.
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List price: $36.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 586
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Chronology: c. 1000 BC-AD 1300
Perceptions of the Past
Landscapes and Peoples
Towards Chiefdoms and Kingdoms: c. 1200-600 BC
States and Cities of the Indo-Gangetic Plain: c. 600-300 BC
The Emergence of Empire: Mauryan India; c. 321-185 BC
Of Politics and Trade: c. 200 BC-AD 300
The Rise of the Mercantile Community: c. 200 BC-AD 300
Threshold Times: c. AD 300-700
The Peninsula: Emerging Regional Kingdoms; c. AD 500-900
The Peninsula: Establishing Authorities and Structures; c. AD 900-1300
The Politics of Northern India: c. AD 700-1200
Northern India: Distributive Political Economies and Regional Cultures; c. AD 800-1300
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