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Facets of Ancient Indian History and Culture

New Perception

  Facets of Ancient Indian History and Culture: New Perception is an attempt to study various phases of ancient Indian history and culture in a new light and present fresh approaches to understanding and interpreting his ....read below

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  Facets of Ancient Indian History and Culture: New Perception is an attempt to study various phases of ancient Indian history and culture in a new light and present fresh approaches to understanding and interpreting historical information and evidences. Prof. G. P. Singh here examines aspects of ancient Indian social, economic, cultural, religious and political life, propounding theories for discussion and opening up new avenues for research.

Examining works on the subject by eminent scholars, he offers valuable information, full with rich insights and innovative viewpoints, on the Aryans, the Cinas, society in the period of the Buddha and Mahavira, formation of classes, castes, and social and economic associations and institutions in the latter half of the first millennium bc, religious foundations of society at the time of Manu and Patanjali, pre-Persian expeditions into north-west India and political status of Assam under the Guptas. For the purpose, he relies upon a vast number of sources -- from texts of the Vedic and post-Vedic period and classical accounts of the Greeks and the Romans as also historical records of the Chinese, the French and the Germans to inscriptional and other findings, interpreting them all scientifically and objectively.

The study explains facts and theories lucidly and with great stress on their historical accuracy, where concerned, and value, rendering the work extremely interesting and useful to students and scholars from varied disciplines -- history, archaeology, anthropology and sociology.

  • Binding: : Hardbound
  • 13 Digit ISBN : 9788124602386
  • 10 Digit ISBN : 8124602387
  • Edition : 1st edition
  • Year : 2003
  • Pages : xviii, 214 p.
  • Size : 25
  • Weight (approx.) : 800
  • Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index

Preface   
Acknowledgements  
Abbreviations
  
Introduction 

Part I
The Aryans and the Cinas

1. India from Ariana to the Ganga Valley (on the Original Homeland and Expansion of the Aryans)
2. The origin, Antiquity and Identification of the Cinas as Depicted in Ancient Indian Literature and Inscriptions

Part II
Society, Economy and Religion

3. Ancient Indian Society and Economy in the Jain and Buddhist Traditions 
4. Social and Economic Formations in the Latter half of the First Millennium bc

5. Ancient Indian Economy as Described by Manu (c. 200-100 bc)
6. Ancient Indian Religious System in the times of Manu and Patanjali (c. 200-100 bc)

Part III
Political History: Some Landmarks

7. Pre-Persian Foreign Expeditions of North-Western India  
8. Assam in the Gupta age c. ad 335-594 : A Reappraisal in Ancient Indian Historical Perspective

General Bibliography       
Index
         

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