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Early Indian Historical Tradition and Archaeology

Early Indian Historical Tradition and Archaeology


Item Code: IDD091

by G.P. Singh

Hardcover (Edition: 2004)

D. K. Printworld
ISBN 8124600058

Language: English
Size: 9.6" X 7.4"
Pages: 245
Weight of the Book: 665 gms
Price: $35.00
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In mankind's history, India is the longest literary tradition-so ancient that it cannot be illustrated either by contemporary books or from monuments. The Rgveda, indisputably the oldest literary work, was written at a time when many a great, old-world civilization lay in the wombs of futurity. And almost equal is the antiquity of the puranas which, considered as the fifth Veda, figure distinguished among the traditional sources: Vedic Samhitas, Brahmanas, Srutis and Smrtis, Dharmasastras, epics, Tantra manuals, and myriad Buddhist and Jaina texts, that have helped historiographers unravel the landmarks in the subcontinental civilization.

Bulky and often crowded with legendary, religious and philosophical matters of various kinds, the PURANAS record the genealogies of Hindu deities, the reigns of the Manus, and Chronicles of Solar, Lunar and other ancient dynasties. Professor G.P. Singh tries afresh to establish their historicity, surveying the whole extent of Itihasa-Purana the early Indian historical tradition, founded on the Puranic Literature.

Meticulously sifting facts from myths, legends, and philosophic reflections in this monumental corpus of yore, the book reconstructs millennia of ancient India's political and cultural history from the pre-Bharata War days to about 1200 AD with both genealogical and chronological details of all dynasties that rose and fell in different regions of the Indian subcontinent. Contextually, the author analyse threadbare the Puranic evidence to also review the date of the Mahabharata War.

In thematically exploring the historicity of all different Puranas, Dr. Singh is at pains to show how far the Puranic accounts are validated by other traditional writings on the one hand, and archaeological evidence on the other. With prolific bibliographic references and a number of chronological/ genealogical tables, his book will interest the scholars/researches of Indology, ancient Indian history and archaeology.

About the Author

Dr. G.P. Singh Prof. of history at the University of Manipur, Imphal has researched different aspects of ancient Indian history and culture over the past three decades. He has contributed numerous papers to national and international journals. His works that include The Kiratas in Ancient India: A Historical Study of their Life, Culture and Civilization; Political Thought in Ancient India; Republics, Kingdoms, Towns and Cities in Ancient India; Facets of Ancient Indian History and Culture; and Ancient Indian Historiography, have won the acclaim of scholars in the field. In 1989, Dr. Singh was elected the Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain's and Ireland, London. He has been recently nominated a member of Indian council of historical Research, New Delhi.

Preface 5
Abbreviations 9
1 Introduction 15
2 From Manu Vaivasvata to the Accession of Parikshit 29
3 The Dynasties and Kingdoms of the post-Bharata War Period 141
4 The Pradyota Dynasty 155
5 Magadha Dynasties of the Pre-Mauryan Period 161
6 The Mauryan and the post-Mauryan Dynasties down to the Satavahabnas 175
7 The Naga Dynasties 191
8 The Vakatakas and the Guptas 195
9 Kingdoms and Dynasties of the post-Harsa Period 199
10 Minor Kingdoms and Dynasties 203
11 Conclusion 209
Appendices 215
A Chronological Tables of different Dynasties with Supplementary Notes 216
B Notes on Chronology arranged by F. Wilfford and J. Bentley 222
C Genealogical Tables of the Sisunagas as Mentioned in the Puranas with Traditional Dates 224
D Dynastic Chronology according to the Jaina Traditions 225
Glossary 227
Index 231
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