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A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century

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Developed as a comprehensive introductory work for scholars and students of ancient and early medieval Indian history, this books provides the most exhaustive overview of the subject. Dividing the vast historical expanse from the stone age to the 12th century into broad chronological units, it constructs profiles of various geographical regions of the subcontinent, weaving together and analysing an unparalleled range of literary and archaeological evidence.

Dealing with prehistory and protohistory of the subcontinent in considerable detail, the narrative of the historical period breaks away from conventional text-based history writing. Providing a window into the world primary sources, it incorporates a large volume of archaeological data, along with literary, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence. Revealing the ways in which our past is constructed, it explains fundamental concepts, and illuminates contemporary debates, discoveries, and research. Situating prevailing historical debates in their contexts, Ancient and Early Medieval India presents balanced assessments, encouraging readers to independently evaluate theories, evidence, and arguments.

Beautifully illustrated with over four hundred photographs, maps, and figures, Ancient and Early Medieval India helps visualize and understand the extraordinarily rich and varied remains of the ancient past of Indian subcontinent. It offers a scholarly and nuanced¿yet lucid¿account of India¿s early past, and will surely transform the discovery of this past into an exciting experience.

Tabel of Contents

List of photographs

List of maps

List of figures

About the author

Preface

Acknowledgements

A readers guide

1. Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources

2. Hunter-Gatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages

3. The Transition to Food Production: Neolithic,Neolithic¿Chalcolithic, and Chalcolithic Villages, c. 7000¿2000 bce

4. The Harappan Civilization, c. 2600¿1900 bce

5. Cultural Transitions: Images from Texts and Archaeology, c. 2000¿600 bce

6. Cities, Kings, and Renunciants: North India, c. 600¿300 bce

7. Power and Piety: The Maurya Empire, c. 324¿187 bce

8. Interaction and Innovation, c. 200 BCE¿300 ce

9. Aesthetics and Empire, c. 300¿600 ce

10. Emerging Regional Configurations, c. 600¿ 1200 ce

Note on diacritics

Glossary

Further readings

References

Index

Author Bio

Upinder Singh is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She taught history at St. Stephen¿s College, Delhi, from 1981 until 2004, after which she joined the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Professor Singh¿s wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300¿1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).

About the Author

Upinder Singh is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She taught history at St. Stephen¿s College, Delhi, from 1981 until 2004, after which she joined the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Professor Singh¿s wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300¿1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).

Table of Contents

List of photographs

List of maps

List of figures

About the author

Preface

Acknowledgements

A reader¿s guide

1. Understanding Literary and Archaeological Sources

2. Hunter-Gatherers of the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Ages

3. The Transition to Food Production: Neolithic, Neolithic¿Chalcolithic, and Chalcolithic Villages, c. 7000¿2000 bce

4. The Harappan Civilization, c. 2600¿1900 bce

5. Cultural Transitions: Images from Texts and Archaeology, c. 2000¿600 bce

6. Cities, Kings, and Renunciants: North India, c. 600¿300 bce

7. Power and Piety: The Maurya Empire, c. 324¿187 bce

8. Interaction and Innovation, c. 200 BCE¿300 ce

9. Aesthetics and Empire, c. 300¿600 ce

10. Emerging Regional Configurations, c. 600¿ 1200 ce

Note on diacritics

Glossary

Further readings

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9788131711200
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Subject:
India History.
Author:
Singh, Upinder
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History - India
Copyright:
Publication Date:
May 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
704
Dimensions:
11.10x8.60x1.30 in. 4.80 lbs.

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