A History of India: Volume 1

A History of India: Volume 1

by Romila Thapar


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A history of India upto 1300 AD introducing the beginnings of India's cultural dynamics

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ISBN-13: 9780140138351
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1990
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Table of Contents

1. The Antecedents
The discovery of India; changing approaches to Indian history; the archaeological background
2. The Impact of Aryan Culture
Sources of evidence; The political organizations of the Aryan tribes; caste and other social institutions; Vedic relgion
3. Republics and Kingdoms c. 600-321 B.C.
Evolving political patterns; the rise of the kingdom of Magadha; the rule of the Nandas; North-western India and contacts with Persia; the growth of towns; the rise of heterodox sects; Jainism and Buddhism
4. The Emergence of Empire 321-185 B.C.
The Mauryan kings; Mauryan contacts with neighbouring states; society and economic activity; Mauryan administration; Ashoka and his policy of Dhamma; the decline of the Mauryan empire
5. The Disintegration of Empire c. 200 B.C.-A.D. 300
The political fragmentation of the sub-continent: the Shunga dynasty, King Kharavela of Kalinga, The Indo-Greek kings, The Shakas, The Kushanas, The Satavhana dynasty, South Indian Kingdoms; trade routes and communications
6. The Rise of the Mercantile Community c. 200 B.C.-A.D.300
Guilds; Roman trade with south India; interation of Indian and Hellenic ideas in northern India; India's contacts with China and south-east Asia; changes in society; education and literature; Buddhist art and architecture; Mahayana Buddhism; developments in Hinduism; the coming of Christianity
7. The Evolution of the "Classical" Pattern c. A.D. 300-700
The rule of the Guptas; Hun invasions; some post-Gupta dynasties; the reign of Harsha; changing agrarian relations; trade; the pattern of living; education and learning; Hindu art and architecture; development in Buddhism; changes in Hinduism; philosophical schools; Indian contacts with China and south-east Asia
8. Conflict in the Southern Kingdoms c. A.D. 500-900
The Chalukya, Pallava, and Pandya conflicts; political organization and administration; the Agrarian system; the status of the brahman; the philosophy of Shankara; the growth of Tamil literature; the Tamil devotional cult; mural painting in the Deccan; temple architecture
9. The South in the Ascendant c. A.D. 900-1300
The rise of the Cholas; Chola administration; the village in the Chola economy; trade; the role of the temple in Chola society; the development of the languages of the peninsula; popular cults and sects; the philosophy of Ramanuja and Madhva; architecture and sculpture
10. The Beginnings of Regional States in Northern India c. A.D. 700-1200
Political struggle between the Rashtrakutas, Pratiharas, and Palas; the arrival of the Arabs in Sind; rise of new kingdoms; growth of Raiput power; campaigns of Mahmud of Ghazni; the Afghan army; Muhammad Ghuri
11. Feudalism in the Regional States c. A.D. 800-1200
Beginnings of regional loyalty; emerging pattern of agrarian relations; social structure; literature in Sanskrit and in the newly developing languages; temples and sculpture; changes in Hinduism, the devotional cult, and the Tantric sects; decline of Buddhism; the arrival of the Sufis
12. The Re-alignment of Regional Kingdoms c. A.D. 1200-1526
Source material on the Delhi Sultanate; the Slave dynasty and the Khalji dynasty; political organization; the Tughluq dynasty; relations between the rulers and the ruled; the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties; the kingdoms of Gujarat, Mewar, Marwar, and Bengal
13. Assimilation on Trial c. A.D. 1200-1526
Trends in the impact of Islam on India; balance of power between king and theologian; administrative structure of the Sultanate; the economy; the social framework; religious expression as seen in the Bhakti movement and the Sufis; new languages and literatures; miniature painting; Islamic architecture
14. The South Conforms c. A.D. 1300-1526
The rise of the Vijayanagara and Bahmani kingdoms in the Deccan; changes in the socio-economic background; trade; religion
Chronological table
References to quotations
General bibliography
Bibliographical note on sources

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A History of India: Volume 1 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
briefmissives on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this text for a college course on ancient Indian culture and society. I found the book to be more than a little difficult. I'm not a new hand at reading history texts, and usually enjoy the activity, but I did not enjoy this book. The author's style of writing is dense and confusing, going from one point in time to another, then back to the original point in time, frequently without decent markers showing that that is what's happening with the text. She also tends to repeat things throughout the text, which heightens the confusion.The maps also leave a lot to be desired - if you come to this text not being extremely familiar with the geography and place names of India, do bring an atlas or a decent set of maps. You'll need them.I've given the book 3 stars, because if you really are up to sticking with it, with lots of flipping back and forth between pages to check facts, there's a lot of information here. It's just that sticking with it was, at least for me, not exactly pleasant.
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