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The Vedic Age: A People's History of India - 3

The Vedic Age: A People's History of India - 3

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Item Code: IDE348

by Irfan Habib & Vijay Kumar Thakur

Paperback (Edition: 2003)

Tulika Books
ISBN 81-85229-85-6

Language: English
Size: 9.5" X 6.2"
Pages: 108 (B & W Illus: 2, Maps: 5)
Price: $25.00
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About the Book:

The Vedic Age completes the first set of three monographs in the People's History of India series. It deals with the period c. 1500 bc, during which it sets the Rigveda and the subsequent Vedic corpus. It explores aspects of geography, migrations, technology, economy, society, religion, and philosophy. It draws on these texts to reconstruct the life of the ordinary people, with special attention paid to class as well as gender. In a separate chapter, the major regional cultures as revealed by archaeological evidence are carefully described. Much space is devoted to the coming of iron, for the dawn of the Iron Age - through not the Iron Age itself - lay within the period this volume studies. There are special notes on Historical Geography, the caste system (whose beginnings lay in this period) and the question of Epic Archaeology. A special feature of this monograph is the inclusion of seven substantive extracts from sources, which should give the reader a taste of what these texts are like.

As in the first two monographs, the authors seek to present updated information with clarity of exposition and reasoned analysis. Both the general reader and the student should, therefore, find here much that is interesting and thought-provoking.

About the Author:

Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History, Aligarh Muslim University, is author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India (1963), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995) and of Prehistory (2001) and The Indus Civilization (2002) in this series. He has also edited Confronting Colonialism: Resistance and Modernization under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan (1999), (with J.S.Grewal) Sikh History from Persian Sources (2001), State and Diplomacy under Tipu Sultan: Documents and Essays (2001) and A Shared Heritage: The Growth of Civilizations in India and Iran (2002).

Vijay Kumar Thakur, Professor of History, Patna University, is author of Urbanization in Ancient (1981), Historiography of Indian Feudalism (1989) and Social Dimensions of Technology: Iron in Early India (1983). He has also edited Towns in Pre-Modern India (1994) and (with A. Aounshuman) Peasants in Indian History (1995).

CONTENTS

Prefacevii
1Early Vedic Phase, C. 1500-1000 BC1
1.1 The Rigveda1
1.2 Antecedents and Region of Settlements3
1.3 Economy6
1.4 Society and Polity11
1.5 Aryas and Dasyus and Dasus:
The Emergence of Four Varnas
15
1.6 Religion21
1.7 Other Aspects of Culture26
Extract 1.1: The Ploughman's Song28
Extract 1.2: The Various Means of Livelihood29
Extract 1.3: The Creation Hymn30
Extract 1.4: The Gambler's Song31
Note 1.1: Historical Geography32
Note 1.2: Bibliographical Note

35
2Late Vedic Society, C. 1000-700 BC36
2.1 The Vedic Corpus after the Rigveda, Avesta36
2.2 Political History40
2.3 Economy46
2.4 Society52
2.5 Religion58
2.6 Other Aspects of Culture63
Extract 2.1: How Agni leads Mathava Videgha to the East66
Extract 2.2: May My Possessions and Produce Prosper67
Extract 2.3: Transmigration of Souls67
Note 2.1: The Caste System68
Note 2.2: Bibliographical Note

71
3India, 1500-700 BC: The Archaeological Evidence73
3.1 Archaeological Cultures of the Aryan Zone73
3.2 Peninsular India80
3.3 The Coming of Iron85
Note 3.1: Epic Archaeology92
Note 3.2: Bibliographical Note94
Index96

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