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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin
    • ISBN: 9780143029892, 0143029894
    • Edition: 1stEdition, 2003
    • Pages: 555
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    A largely rewritten version of a classic history of early India concerned not only with the past but also with the interaction of the past and the present.

    Romila Thapar’s Penguin History of Early India brings to life many centuries of the Indian past. Dynastic history provides a chronological frame but the essential thrust of the book is the explanation of the changes in society and economy. The mutation of religious beliefs and practices, the exploration of areas of knowledge in which India excelled, its creative literature, are all woven into a historical context.

    In this version, the opening chapters explain how the interpretations of early Indian history have changed. Further, although the diversity of sources and their readings are well known, nevertheless, this narrative provides fresh readings and raises new questions. Romila Thapar gives a vivid and nuanced picture of the rich mosaic of varied landscapes, languages, kingdoms and beliefs, and the interaction between these that went into the making of a remarkable civilization

    About The Author
    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 Collège 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 children’s book Indian Tales

    Table Of Contents
    List of Illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Note on the Bibliographies
    Chronology: c. 1000 BC-AD 1300
    Introduction
    1. Perceptions of the Past
    2. Landscapes and People
    3. Antecedents
    4. Towards Chiefdoms and Kingdom: c. 1200-600 BC
    5. States and Cities of the Indo-Gangetic Plain: c. 600-300 BC
    6. The Emergence of Empire: Mauryan India; c. 321-185 BC
    7. Of Politics and Trade: c. 200 BC-AD 300
    8. The Rise of the Mercantile Community: c. 200 BC-AD 300
    9. Threshold Times: c. AD 300-700
    10. The Peninsula: Emerging Regional Kingdoms; c. AD 500-900
    11. The Peninsula: Establishing Authorities and Structures; c. AD 900-1300
    12. The Politics of Northern India: c. AD 700-1200
    13. Northern India: Distributive Political Economies and Regional Cultures; c. AD 800-1300
    Maps
    Glossary
    Select Bibliographies
    General Bibliography
    Index
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    Publication Year
    • 2003
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    • Romila Thapar
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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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    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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    Does the job

    good as I expected, but sentences have printed in small. I got it 168.
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    Avanish Jha

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    Really Nice

    good reads
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    Utsav Singha

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Q:Number of pages
    A:489 pages, plus maps, glossary and bibliography.
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    Q:2018th edition is available?
    A:no , 2015
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    Q:This is a first paper of history hons part. 1
    A:yes.
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    Q:is this updated book??
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