India's Ancient Past

India's Ancient Past (English, Paperback, Sharma R. S.)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: OUP India
    • Genre: History
    • ISBN: 9780195687859, 9780195687859
    • Edition: 2007
    • Pages: 320
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    Author Ram Sharan Sharma takes a look at the roots of the various religions, civilizations, and empires that grew in India in his book India’s Ancient Past. Kicking off with a discussion on history and its writing, the book covers the cultures that were in existence in ancient India.

    Summary Of The Book

    India’s Ancient Past is a comprehensive account of ancient Indian history. The author of the book explores the cultures and social formations that were prevalent in India from the very first human beings in India to the early Medieval period. Various geographical and linguistic backgrounds have been covered. Specific cultures like the Harappan Civilization, Neolithic, and Vedic periods have also been examined in detail by the author.

    India’s Ancient Past starts off with a chapter on ancient Indian history and its significance, which is preceded by a list of detailed maps that were in use during the time periods that have been covered in the book. In the following chapters, the book goes on to explore the stone age, as well as the Neolithic period. It was in the Neolithic period that people started producing food. Animal keeping had also started by then.

    Chalcolithic Cultures, along with the Harappan Civilization is highlighted in other sections of India’s Ancient Past. The author also discusses the Aryan culture in detail. The rise of religions like Jainism and Buddhism is explained by the author. Invasions by the Macedonians and the Iranians have also been highlighted. The following chapters go on to explain India’s contact with various Central Asian powers, the Gupta empire and its rise, as well as the developments that took place in the philosophical sphere.

    About Ram Sharan Sharma

    Ram Sharan Sharma was a renowned Indian historian whose work regarding ancient and medieval India was hugely appreciated, and is still respected till this day.

    Some of the author’s most well-known books are Light On Early Indian Society And Economy, Social Changes In Early Medieval India (Circa A.D.500-1200), Perspectives In Social And Economic History Of Early India, Looking For The Aryans, and Land Revenue In India: Historical Studies.

    Ram Sharan Sharma was born and brought up in a poor Brahmin family in Bihar. It was quite a tough job for his father to sponsor his education. The author spent his college life in Patna College, where he spent six years completing both his undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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    Book Details
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    • OUP India
    Publication Year
    • 2007 September
    Dimensions
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    • 22 mm
    Height
    • 215 mm
    Length
    • 140 mm
    Depth
    • 0.98 inch
    Weight
    • 472 gr
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    Precise and Unbiased

    If you are looking for an unbiased account of India's ancient past, this is the right book for you. It might not be an
    engrossing narrative but serves the purpose well. Starting from the pre-historic times, the book covers all the major kingdoms and the cultural advances that Indian culture went through. Apart from the civilization activities that happened in the gangetic plains, the book has chapters that elucidate the south indian history too.

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    Impressive delivery service, discernible and comprehensible material on ancient history

    I placed order on May 23, and collected my parcel on the 27th. Good packing and convenient product delivery.
    The book is, without doubt, a classic material on the ancient history of India with easy-to-search contents. Elaborating but comprehensible textbook with a number of interactive images for a reader. In a nut shell, a good experience.
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    Rajan Joshi

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    Genuine replacement for NCERT older edition Textbook By R.S.Sharma which is out of print

    The striking feature of this textbook is its highly unbiased presentation of the ancient past and the social evils present in those days. The topics were arranged in such a way that we will feel the flow as we munch the chapters one by one. Topics were linked from prehistoric times to end of Harsha Vardhana rule in India. Besides that it's a good book for civil's exam as every ruling dynasty was explained in depth and adequate detail. Every topic in this book is same as in the old NCERT with...
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    Harsha Vardhan Simma

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    Delightful

    Let's talk straight
    Book is very good for basics in the subject but not suitable for through information and facts . This will help you make good base for the subject . Language is very simple and loaded with good information.

    Go for it .
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    Sourabh Chauhan .
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    Sorabh Sk chauhan

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    A short but informative book with different approach

    The book is good one on Ancient history. It covers from stone age to the 1000 A.D. But it is very concise and not written in detail. Good for the beginners.
    Pros- 1) A short book with short chapters but informative also.
    2) A good book for the beginners. After reading this they can approach to bulky texts.
    3) Language is very simple and easy to understand.
    4) Special focus on importance and consequences of various events in history in spite of going in deep of events.
    5) covers all majors sec...
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    Really Nice

    The book is very good. Those who are interested about ancient history this book is appropriate for them. And at the end I want to thank flip kart for delivery in time. Thank you to all.
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    Brilliant Book On Ancient Indian History.

    On this very oft-discussed theme of " Ancient Indian Pre-History and History" on records, the author has done a marvelously wonderful portrait of facts. Guided by many earlier works, both by native and foreign Scholars of Indian History, he has trodden a safe middle path free from bias.

    At a time when there are several issues of " Who is the real Native Citizen of INDIA, eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Citizenship? "and also, Internationally (in several countries such as ...
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    Terrific purchase

    awesome I really appreciate this book it's soo easy to understand...I love it
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    Brilliant

    good delivery , good book , all good .. good packing .. thanks to Flipkart . it cost 198 rupees ., delivery the next day ..
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    SOUVIK SHEE

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    Pretty good

    It was packed properly... now coming to the book it is a best book of ancient history and very helpful to understand. Paper quality was also good. I'll recommend this book those who want to study deeply about ancient history. So guys plz go for it
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    Q:how many pages the book has
    A:The book has 384 pages apart from acknowledgement and contents.
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    Q:found it is 2011 edition,is it acceptable to read for the present syllabus???
    A:This is past , ancient past which never change book is very good for knowledge.....help to upsc aspirent
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    Q:is that 11 th class old ncert book ??
    A:There is no indication to this effect in the book.
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    Q:Is this book useful for W.B.CS exam?
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    Q:since i have to purchase both books modern history and ancient history and it is from same seller then why you are charging delivery charges separtely for both books???
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    Q:how is print and quality of paper? is it bright or dull paper?
    A:quality is good...
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    Q:can hindi version of this book is available
    A:yes. it's basically an old ncert book written by RS Sharma. So you can download old NCERT of ancient India (class 11th) in hindi from the internet
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    Q:please give me full content of this book.Thanks.
    A:English translation of Bharat ka prachin itihas. Contents significance ,modern and ancient history,geography ,religions,philosophy,climate etc
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    Q:R.S Sharma or Upinder Singh--- which book is most important & effective for both preliminary & mains exams of UPSC ?
    A:Upinder Singh is better.
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    Q:would i need to read old ncert by rs sharma for upsc if i read this one?
    A:No, infact it is a reprint of the old ncert+some additional information. Most of the institute follow this book e.g. By ju's. u can go for it.
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