India’s Ancient Past

Book NameIndia’s Ancient Past
AuthorR.S. Sharma
CategoryHistory Books
Book LanguageEnglish
PublisherOxford University Press, New Delhi
Pages425
CountryIndia
Book Size7 MB

This book provides a comprehensive and accessible account of the history of early India. The present book is based on a good portion of my Ancient India.

Book Contents

  1. The Significance of Ancient Indian History
  2. Modern Historians of Ancient India
  3. Nature of Sources and Historical Construction
  4. Geographical Setting
  5. Ecology and Environment
  6. The Linguistic Background
  7. Human Evolution: The Old Stone Age
  8. The Neolithic Age: First Food Producers and Animal Keepers
  9. Chalcolithic Cultures
  10. Harappan Culture: Bronze Age Urbanization in the Indus Valley
  11. Identity of Aryan Culture
  12. The Age of the Rig Veda
  13. The Later Vedic Phase: Transition to State and Social Orders
  14. Jainism and Buddhism
  15. Territorial States and the Rise of Magadha
  16. Iranian and Macedonian Invasions
  17. State Structure and the Varna System in the Age of the Buddha
  18. The Maurya Age
  19. The Significance of Maurya Rule
  20. Central Asian Contact and Mutual Impact
  21. The Satavahana Phase
  22. The Dawn of History in the Deep South
  23. Crafts, Commerce, and Urban Growth (200 BC–AD 250)
  24. Rise and Growth of the Gupta Empire
  25. Life in the Gupta Age
  26. Spread of Civilization in Eastern India
  27. Harsha and His Times
  28. Brahmanization, Rural Expansion, and Peasant Protest in the Peninsula
  29. Developments in Philosophy
  30. Cultural Interaction with Asian Countries
  31. From Ancient to Medieval
  32. Sequence of Social Changes
  33. Legacy in Science and Civilization
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