Item Code: IDE330
by Irfan HabibPaperback (Edition: 2004)
Size: 9.5" X 6.3"
Pages: 121 (B & W Figures: 48, Map: 7)
The Indus Civilization by Irfan Habib is the second monograph in the People's History of India series. It continues the story from the point reached in the earlier monograph, Prehistory. The dominant theme here is provided by the Indus civilization. In addition, other contemporary and later cultures down to about 1500 BC, and the formation of the major language families of India, are discussed.
The Indus Civilization seeks to maintain uniformity with Prehistory in style and framework, except relaxation of the commitment to conciseness. It contains more detailed exposition of certain topics, and the explanatory notes on technical and controversial subjects at the end of each chapter are somewhat longer. Illustrations, maps and tables are included to serve as aids to understand the subject better.
The time with which this monograph deals is often called Protohistory, since it is close to the period when history can, at least partly, be reconstructed from literary texts. Since modern territorial boundaries make little sense when we deal with the past, India here means pre-partition India, and the area covered includes Afghanistan south of the Hindukush mountains. A sub-chapter is accordingly devoted to the Helmand civilization, whose study is indispensable for putting the civilization in a proper perspective.
About the Author:
Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at the Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and the author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India (1963), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is currently working on a People's History of India to be published in the form of successive monographs under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society, each of which will be edited or authored by him.
|1||Early Bronze Age Cultures of the Indus Civilization and the Borderlands||1|
|1.1||Towards 'Urban Revolution'||1|
|1.2||The Helmand Civilization||4|
|1.3||Early Indus Cultures||9|
|1.4||Onset of the Indus Civilization||13|
|Note 1.1: The Methods of Archaeology||17|
|Note 1.2: Bibliographical Note||21|
|2||The Indus Civilization||22|
|2.1||Extent and Population||22|
|2.2||Agriculture and Subsistence||24|
|2.4||The Cities and Towns||37|
|2.6||Culture: Writing, Art, Religion||50|
|2.7||People, Society, State||57|
|2.8||The End of the Indus Civilization||62|
|Note 2.1: The Indus Script||67|
|Note 2.2: The Indus Civilization and the Rigveda||71|
|Note 2.3: Bibliographical Note||74|
|3||Non-Urban Chalcolithic Cultures, till 1500 BC: Language Change||77|
|3.1||After the Cities||77|
|3.2||Chalcolithic Cultures of the Borderlands and the Indus Basin||83|
|3.3||Other Chalcolithic Cultures, to c. 1500 BC||88|
|3.4||Language Change Before 1500 BC||93|
|Note 3.1: Reconstructing Language History||102|
|Note 3.2: Bibliographical Note||105|