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A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India 1st Edition 1st Edition

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The book is a visually rich text on the ancient and medieval history of India.

Summary Of The Book

Written by an expert on the ancient history of India, the book provides a comprehensive overview of India through ancient and early medieval times. It explores the time period from the Stone Age to the 12th century AD, taking into consideration both archaeological findings, as well as, literary descriptions of those times. It begins by exploring the most ancient times of Palaeolithic and Mesolithic ages, eventually progressing to the Harappan civilization and then to the Magadha and Mauryan empire of early medieval times.

Key socio-cultural issues of each era have been discussed in great detail and all prevalent points of views are examined on significant contentious issues. The descriptions are accompanied with beautiful colour pictures of archaeological findings, historical maps, and drawings. Though written essentially for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in history, the book would be found equally stimulating by the general reader interested in learning about ancient Indian history.

Salient Features

  • Extensive use of visuals in full colour—over 350 photographs, maps, and sketches
  • Pedagogically developed boxes on key concepts, primary sources, further discussion of specific issues, recent discoveries and new directions in research
  • Extensive cross-referencing of themes and concepts
  • A glossary of important terms
  • Detailed references and lists of further readings

About the Author

Upinder Singh is a professor of history at Delhi University. She is the daughter of the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh.

She has written a number of books on Indian history including Rethinking Early Medieval India: A Reader, Ancient India: New Research, and Ancient Delhi. She has also written numerous articles and journals on various aspects of Indian history.

Her research work is primarily focused on the study of ancient and medieval India. Her works explore various socio-cultural aspects of that time period, covering its religions, communities, and classes.

She did her MA and M.Phil. in History from Delhi University and received her Ph.D. in History from McGill University, Canada. She was a lecturer at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, for over two decades. She also served briefly as a visiting professor at University of Leuven, Belgium. She was awarded the Infosys Award for Social Sciences in History in 2009.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ideas of the Early Indian Past

  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

Specifications of A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India 1st Edition 1st Edition (Paperback)

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Author Upinder Singh
Book Details
Publisher PEARSON
Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13 9788131716779
ISBN-10 8131716775
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 704 Pages
University Books Details
Degree/Diploma B.A
Specialization History
Subject Culture and Religion, Political History of Early India
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REALLY NICE APPROACH

NICE BOOK.....THOUGH LENGHTY.....IF UR PREPARING FOR HISTORY AS MAINS FOR UPSC U VL NOT NEED ANYTHING IN ANCIENT AND EARLY MEDIEVAL APART FROM THIS BOOK....MAPS R AWESOME....GOOD WORK

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A treat for any student of history

If only more history books were written this way, with clarity in the writer's mind about what can be left out. Although it may appear as a text meant only for those with serious academic interests, a few dozen pages later, one is sure that its a book worth recommending to anyone interested in knowing about our cultural roots. The chapters on the Mauryan Empire are such a concise summary that saves the common reader from going through volumes that have been written by other authors. One gets insights from Thapar, Kangale, Radhakumud Mookerjee and others while going through each chapter.

A fulfilling experience and a must read for anyone who wants to explore our ancient history.

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Giant Size Book, Size can make you crazy. Best Book for upse.........

I ordered the book, got on 4th day. When I received, i thought there has been some kind of error on seeing the size and weight.... The I thought must have got 2 books or something like that. And when i opened, i was amazed. Its a very large book.... Dimensions are not given in summary by flipkart. So I'll tell you that...
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About the book, its a treasure of knowledge. And not just history, it also gives a lot of general knowledge. I loved history from childhood, But i never knew the name of the FIRST historian and never thought about it. But the 1st para told it was "Kalhana". OMG, really great book. I don't know what more to say.... I'm just sad that the author has not written similar book on other half of medieval history and Modern History.......!! Or I may not have found it yet....
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(Note).... Its a large book, don't know if its possible to memorize it so mark the important things as you read...... Trust me, you will have to mark many things as many things are important and not known...... Thanks....!!!
By the way, little cracks are there on the cover nut its ok as the inside is very nice.........!!!!

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Best textbook for ancient History, by a mile!

No matter what one specializes in later, the first year of any graduation course involves Ancient History, and books therefore have to be geared to those who are just beginning their graduation studies. This book does the job amicably. It is written in simple language without oversimplifying ANYTHING. Not only are known complex issues dealt with carefully, even themes which are held to be "settled" are carefully argued out with mention of sources at every stage.

The book may be a bit bulky ( I was terrified by the size when I got my signed copy at a seminar) for first year students, but the text is well spaced out with lots of pictures. ALL are rendered in color which makes this book one of the best illustrated books out there. Maps are in color as well, and are simple and highly descriptive.

Debates, not only of history, but in anthropology, philology and sociology are discussed in great detail, with the views of the latest authors included. The book dispenses with the sometimes irritating (remember the book is aimed at graduation students, not research scholars) footnotes but mentions works with date of publication in brackets.

Finally, this book is good enough for competitive examinations if you have about a month to devote to ancient history.

All in all, a highly commendable effort by Prof. Upinder Singh of Delhi University.

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02 July 13
Excellent Reference Text...

This humongous work is an excellent reference for Ancient Indian History. It reads like a novel and accompanying photographs makes the learning process very enriching. I bought it, read it like a story book and finished it in 3 days straight.

Excellent source material for IAS history optional. You would not need any other book for the map question on Ancient India. The maps in this book are that good!!! The analysis given in chapter 9 or for that matter in the entire book is beyond belief. But IAS aspirants who have taken history optional should be aware of the fact that this book contains so much of content that it can easily overwhelm a beginner with information overdose. There is so much of data that a novice might be at a loss at what to include and what not to include in answer.

It is best used as reference text alongside the revered work of Romila Thapar on Ancient India or Wonder that was India by AL Bhasham.

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