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The Indus Civilization (A People's History of India - 2)

The Indus Civilization (A People's History of India - 2)


Item Code: IDE330

by Irfan Habib

Paperback (Edition: 2004)

Tulika Books
ISBN 81-85229-91-0

Language: English
Size: 9.5" X 6.3"
Pages: 121 (B & W Figures: 48, Map: 7)
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From the Jacket:

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 Borderlands1
1.1 Towards 'Urban Revolution'1
1.2 The Helmand Civilization4
1.3 Early Indus Cultures9
1.4 Onset of the Indus Civilization13
Note 1.1: The Methods of Archaeology17
Note 1.2: Bibliographical Note

2 The Indus Civilization22
2.1 Extent and Population22
2.2 Agriculture and Subsistence24
2.3 Craft Production28
2.4 The Cities and Towns37
2.5 Trade45
2.6 Culture: Writing, Art, Religion50
2.7 People, Society, State57
2.8 The End of the Indus Civilization62
Note 2.1: The Indus Script67
Note 2.2: The Indus Civilization and the Rigveda71
Note 2.3: Bibliographical Note

3 Non-Urban Chalcolithic Cultures, till 1500 BC: Language Change77
3.1 After the Cities77
3.2 Chalcolithic Cultures of the Borderlands and the Indus Basin83
3.3 Other Chalcolithic Cultures, to c. 1500 BC88
3.4 Language Change Before 1500 BC93
Note 3.1: Reconstructing Language History102
Note 3.2: Bibliographical Note105

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