JAMES TOD has rightly remarked, "There is not a petty state in Rajasthan that has not had its Thermopylae, and scarcely a city that has not produced its Leonidas". This statement shows the great political and cultural importance of the State of Rajasthan. The cities, which existed before the thirteenth century A.D., have been incorporated in this work. Our study confines to their religion, art, literature and some other cultural aspects, and political history also finds a place when some new light has been thrown on some particular event.
Recently, a large number of works has been published on the growth and development of urban life in Europe and America. The works of LEWIS MUMFORD, ROBERT E. DICKINSON and ARTHUR SMAILES are important as they throw light on the origin of the medieval and modern towns. Such an attempt was made also by some Indian scholars like G. C. GHURYE. Because of industrialization and technological advancement, the modern cities are concerned with the material aspect; but this was not the case with the ancient cities which were more important from the cultural point of view. For their study, generally, we are to depend upon archaeology and literature.
For writing this work, I have consulted a long range of scattered published material both archaeological and literary. I have sifted and examined it with a critical eye and have drawn new conclusions, not only because new facts have been dis covered, but because new aspects too have come to light.
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