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INDIA: THE ANCIENT PAST (A HISTORY OF THE INDIAN SUB-CONTINENT FROM C. 7000 BC TO AD 1200) (pb)2007
Author: BURJOR AVARI
ISBN: 0415356164
Year: 2007
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS (INDIA)
Category: HISTORY
Edition: 1
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Pages: 284
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This carefully crafted study presents the fascinating story of the development and establishment of India s culture and civilization from early pre-history through to the early second millennium. Encompassing topics such as Harappan Civilization the rise of Hindu culture the influx of Islam in the 8th and the 11th/12th centuries and key empires states and dynasties India: The Ancient Past engages with methodological and controversial issues. The features of this illustrated guide include: a range of new maps illustrating different temporal and geographical regions selected source extracts at the end of each chapter for review and reflection questions for discussion. This comprehensive coverage of the political spiritual cultural and geographical history of India presents a book that will be an enriching read for students of this period and a rewarding addition to the bookshelves of anyone with an interest in this captivating period of history.
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Burjor Avari
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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
List Of Extracts
List Of Illustrations
Preface
Four Major Eras Of Ancient Indian History: A Summary Of Key Themes
INTRODUCTION
Three Terms In Context: 'India', 'Ancient', 'Hindu'
Why Study Ancient India?
Time, Space And People
Primary Sources And The Historians
FROM AFRICA TO MEHRGARH: THE EARLY PRE-HISTORY OF INDIA
Earliest Phases Of Human Settlement And Activity
The Neolithic Revolution And The Rise Of Agriculture
The Early Harappa Phase: Proto-Urban Settlements Of The Late Neolithic Period
THE HARAPPAN CIVILIZATION
Phases Of Progress In Harappan Archaeology
Understanding The Mature Harappa Phase
The Eclipse Of The Harappan Civilization
THE INDO-ARYANS IN THE VEDIC AGE
The Aryan Background
The Aryan Expansion
The Vedic World
FORMATIVE CENTURIES OF THE PRE-MAURYAN ERA
Politics And The Geography Of Power
Two Foreign Intrusions
Second Urbanisation And The Rise Of Heterodoxy
Varieties Of Literature
THE PARADOX OF MAURYAN IMPERIALISM
Advising And Observing At The Court Of Chandragupta Maurya
The Dhamma Of Ashoka
The Mauryan World
DIFFUSION AND DYNAMISM AFTER THE MAURYAS
New Dynasties And New Centres Of Power
The International Trade Of India
New Trends In Indian Religions
Secular Literature, Sciences And The Arts
STABILITY AND CHANGE UNDER THE IMPERIAL GUPTAS
The Empire And The Emperors
Gupta Society: A World In Transition
The 'Flowering' Of The Gupta Classical Culture
THE POST-GUPTA ERA AND THE RISE OF THE SOUTH
North India Fractured
Chalukyas And Pallavas: Deccan And The Deep South
Political And Economic Perspectives
Cross-Currents Of Culture
REGIONALISM AND FEUDALISM: RAJPUT, PALA AND
RASHTRAKUTA KINGDOMS
Three Regional Kingdoms
Political Economy In The Feudal Era
Cultural Highlights Of The Age
CHOLA DOMINATION IN THE SOUTH AND TURCO-AFHAN PLUNDER IN THE NORTH
State And Society Under The Cholas
Turco-Afghan Incursions Into North India
Fortunes Of Three Indic Religions
Literature And Great Temples
Afterword: India Post-AD1200
A Glossary Of Indic Terms
A Glossary Of Select Ancient Indic Place-Names
Classification Of Ancient Indian Texts By Subjects
Bibliography
Index
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