A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India

A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India

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Basic Approach Developed as a comprehensive introductory work for scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history, this books provides the most exhaustive overview of the subject. Dividing the vast historical expanse from the stone age to the 12th century into broad chronological units, it constructs profiles of various geographical regions of the subcontinent, weaving together and analysing an unparalleled range of literary and archaeological evidence. Dealing with prehistory and protohistory of the subcontinent in considerable detail, the narrative of the historical period breaks away from conventional text-based history writing. Providing a window into the world primary sources, it incorporates a large volume of archaeological data, along with literary, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence. Revealing the ways in which our past is constructed, it explains fundamental concepts, and illuminates contemporary debates, discoveries, and research. Situating prevailing historical debates in their contexts, Ancient and Early Medieval India presents balanced assessments, encouraging readers to independently evaluate theories, evidence, and arguments. Beautifully illustrated with over four hundred photographs, maps, and figures, Ancient and Early Medieval India helps visualize and understand the extraordinarily rich and varied remains of the ancient past of Indian subcontinent. It offers a scholarly and nuancedAiyet lucidAiaccount of IndiaAis early past, and will surely transform the discovery of this past into an exciting experience. Tabel of Contents List of photographs List of maps List of figures About the author Preface Acknowledgements A readers guide 1. Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources 2. Hunter-Gatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages 3. The Transition to Food Production: Neolithic, NeolithicAiChalcolithic, and Chalcolithic Villages, c. 7000Ai2000 bce 4. The Harappan Civilization, c. 2600Ai1900 bce 5. Cultural Transitions: Images from Texts and Archaeology, c. 2000Ai600 bce 6. Cities, Kings, and Renunciants: North India, c. 600Ai300 bce 7. Power and Piety: The Maurya Empire, c. 324Ai187 bce 8. Interaction and Innovation, c. 200 BCEAi300 ce 9. Aesthetics and Empire, c. 300Ai600 ce 10. Emerging Regional Configurations, c. 600Ai 1200 ce Note on diacritics Glossary Further readings References Index Author Bio Upinder Singhis Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She taught history at St. StephenAis College, Delhi, from 1981 until 2004, after which she joined the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Professor SinghAis wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300Ai1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).Basic Approach Developed as a comprehensive introductory work for scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history, this books provides the most exhaustive overview of the subject.


Title:A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India
Author:Upinder Singh
Publisher:Pearson Education India - 2008
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