From the Jacket :
In this engaging narrative R.S. Sharma provides a comprehensive and accessible account of the history of ancient India. India's Ancient Past traces the the development of social formations, poolities, and cultures in India from the emergence of the first human beings to the advent of the early medieval period.
Beginning with a discussion on frameworks of the writing of history - approaches, sources, and significance - the book sheds light on the origins and growth of civilizations, empires, and religions. It covers the geographical, ecological, and linguistic backgrounds, and looks at specific cultures of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Vedic periods, as well as at the Harappan civilization. The author discusses the rise of Jainism and Buddhism, Magadha and the beginning of territorial states, and the period of Mauryas, Central Asian countries, Satavahanas, Guptas, and Harshavardhana. He highlights important phenomena such as the varna system, urbanization, commerce and trade, developments in science and philosophy, and cultural legacy. He also examines the process of transition from Ancient to Medieval India and addresses topical issues such as the origin of the Aryan culture and the communal approach to history and historical construction.
This insightful and lucidly written book, by one of the best-known scholars of ancient India, is a wonderfully readable introduction to India's early history for students, tourists, and the interested general reader.
About the Author :
R.S. Sharma is Emeritus Professor, Department of History, University of Patna. He is also the Founder Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research.
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