Penguin History of Early India - From the Origins to AD 1300

Penguin History of Early India - From the Origins to AD 1300 (English, Paperback, Romila Thapar)

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Penguin History of Early India - From the Origins to AD 1300  (English, Paperback, Romila Thapar)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: PRH INDIA LOCAL PRINT
    • ISBN: 9780143029892, 0143029894
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2003
    • Pages: 555
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    The Penguin History Of Early India From The Origins To AD 1300 is a book about the history of India, and talks in astonishing detail about the colorful history of this interesting country.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Penguin History Of Early India From The Origins To AD 1300 gives its readers an exhaustive idea about the history of India, from the time of its formation, through its gradual coalition, to its structure in AD 1300. The account is not a chronological narration of the events that took place to form India, but the narration of the story of India. Romila Thapar’s version of the history of India is composed of many stories of the different parts of India which gradually came together to form one great country.

    Romila Thapar’s The Penguin History Of Early India From The Origins To AD 1300 takes its readers on a journey. The journey begins from the prehistoric era of the Indus Valley Civilization and other such ancient civilizations. It continues through to the emergence of the great empires of the Mauryas, Cholas, and the Guptas. It also talks about the creation of the great epics of The Ramayana and The Mahabharata, and the lives of great scholars and saints who had a huge impact on the life of India and its people such as Gautam Buddha and King Ashoka. The narration of history ends with the year AD 1300, with the reign of Rajendra III, the last Chola King.

    The Penguin History Of Early India From The Origins To AD 1300 aims at showing the connections between the social, political, economic and religious aspects of each period. The focus is on tracing the continuities in the history of Early India. Diverse subjects such as religion, art, erotica, language, society are analyzed in conjunction with each other.

    This updated edition contains added research on the history of India based on new excavation data, new methods of interpretation of history and changes in academic understanding of the discipline.

    About Romila Thapar

    Romila Thapar is an acclaimed Indian historian.

    Her books include Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, Asoka And The Decline Of The Mauryas, Somanatha: The Many Voices of History, Somanatha: The Many Voices of History, and Dissent in the Early Indian Tradition.

    She graduated from Panjab University and received her doctorate degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies from the University of London. Her prime area of research is ancient Indian History. She has won many awards for her excellent work in the field of history. These include the Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanity in 2008 and numerous honorary doctorates from universities such as the University of Calcutta, University of Hyderabad, University of Oxford and University of Edinburgh.

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    • Romila Thapar was born in India in 1931 and comes from a Punjabi family, spending her early years in various parts of India. She took her first degree from Punjab University and her doctorate from London University. She was appointed to a Readership at Delhi University and subsequently to the Chair in Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where she is now Emeritus Professor in History. Romila Thapar is also an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and has been Visiting Professor at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania as well as the Collge de France in Paris. In 1983 she was elected General President of the Indian History Congress and in 1999 a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. Among her publications are Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations, From Lineage to State, History and Beyond, Sakuntala: Texts, Readings, Histories and Cultural Pasts: Essays on Indian History as well the childrens book Indian Tales.
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    Winner writes the History.

    If you like to know about Indian civilization from beginning - well almost - then this is the book. Written nicely in academician style, full of researched material and authentic. Authenticity is a moving target, so it is authentic as of now, since this edition is also modified from previous edition as author had new data available to her. That makes previous edition of this book not so authentic, I guess. It would have been nice if there was a change-log, so we could have known what are the ...
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    SJANI

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    6 Nov, 2012

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    Read this warning before you buy this !!

    I am giving this review “one star” because at the first place I could not read it at all. This book has smallest font possible for a book. If you are MS word user you can compare it with font size 8. Looks like in earlier edition they had this book in larger size and in this smalll sized edition just to maintain its print layout and not to spend more in reformatting they just reduced the size of page with out increasing number of pages. Of late, Penguin India is relying heavily for it profit ...
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    RAJEEV GUPTA

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    Go for some other better books.

    As per the above review i would like to summarize as follows:

    The good part is content of the book. It is accurate and quite in depth. Its good informative book.

    The bad part is the small font size and poor paper quality. Also the language of the book is difficult for people who are not very conversant with English.

    Finally this book is not intended for students giving Civil service exam or any competitive exam. There are better books on ancient history of India as far as lucid writing is...
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    Tanmay J

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    Detailed account of Early India's history

    I enjoy reading history,as i am just interested in the history of India specially ancient India.romila thapar's even-handed treatment of the historical record is highly readable and packed full of insight. detailed account of India's history with attention to the socio-political environment of each era,Absolutely the most readable early introduction to Indian history-readable and brilliant
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    Dr.Kailash Aher

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    20 Aug, 2012

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    Too Lenghty & MythologicaL

    Used the product, the book is Too Lenghty & MythologicaL,
    Good for aspirants with History as optional ..!!!
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    Madhumay Tiwari

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    Review of History of Early India

    This is a highly academic, specialized book. Writing a review for flipkart will be an insult to such scholarly work.
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    Kaushik Kundu

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    18 Feb, 2014

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    COULD NOT READ

    IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR A BOOK that a reader should be able to read it. Paper is of bad quality, fonts are small. Both these things make it almost impossible to read , however avid reader you are or however good are the contents of the book. You need a magnifying glass to read it. I would advise flipkart to put those books on sale which have good quality paper and fonts are visible.
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    Pawan Kaul

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    28 May, 2013

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    Balanced interpretation of Indian History

    DN Jha's History of Early India was first published in 1970s. This edition has been revised and updated with latest research and archaeological surveys. In stead of going for dynastic historiography Jha has knitted different streams of class, society, economy, administration etc in a descriptive mosaic falsifying many longstanding myths. As a basic text-book for Ancient Indian History, the book is superb in all respect. I found it very illuminating.
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    VK THAKUR

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    12 Apr, 2014

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    Excellent read

    This is the first time that I have completely read a book on history and I could not put it down. Romila has compiled an excellent book and has been very practical in her approach putting up her facts based on a combination of historical artifacts, mythology and how it would have come into being.
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    Vasudeva Subramaniam

    17 Aug, 2012

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    A good book

    Romila Thapar is known to have leftist bend and is considered anti-Hindu in terms of her way of reading and presenting history. Eric Hobsbawms, review at the back page reminded me of Noam CHomsky's review on the back page of one of the books by Arundhati Roy. And I was expecting a biased book. But once I started reading it, I found the content fairly clear and to the point. The start wasn't the best I guess. but as one goes on, one finds that its a beautiful book.

    I do not find the font size...
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    Chakresh Singh

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    16 Feb, 2015

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