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Ancient Indian Historiography

Sources and Interpretations by: G.P. Singh

The book deals with the tradition of historiography from the Vedic times to the 12th century ad through a study of Vedic, Epic and Puranic traditions, Buddhist and Jain historiography, ancient dramas and writings of South India. Focusing on biographies, chronicles and vamsavalis, it discusses the social, political and economic conditions in different periods as highlighted by them.

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ISBN: 9788124602287
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 2nd
Pages : xiv, 194
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 25 cm
Weight: 700

Overview

In ancient India, learning and literature flourished at different levels and concerned almost all broad disciplines of knowledge. One such stream was historiography as we find a rich tradition of history-writing maintained over the centuries. This book examines the evolution of the tradition of historiography from the Vedic times to the 12th century ad, arguing against an oft-held belief that ancient Indians lacked a sense of chronology and history. Here, Dr. G.P. Singh highlights the contributions of ancient India to historiography through a critical study of literary works authored by eminent scholars and writers of the past that contain historical writing. Based on research for over two decades, the work elaborately studies Vedic, Epic and Puranic traditions, Buddhist and Jain historiography, historical references and details in the dramas of Kalidasa and Visakhadatta, and historical writing in South India. It pays special attention to writing of historical biographies, chronicles and vamsavalis. It discusses how various religious and other texts throw light on the political and social fabric of different periods and their economic condition and cultural milieu. It frequently refers to the views of modern scholars on various aspects of the historical writings. It looks into the value of the historical writings, the historical conditions under which they were written and the purpose for which written, their language and style, and their immediate impact and influence on writing in later times.The volume will offer fresh approaches to studying ancient Indian historiography and new bases of research on the subject for historians and scholars.

Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1. Introductory
2. The Itihasa-Purana Tradition and its Impact on Historiography
3. The Vedic Tradition
4. The Epic and Puranic Tradition
The Epic Tradition
The Puranic Tradition
5. Buddhist and Jain Traditions
Buddhist Historigraphy
Jain Historiography
6. Historical Writing of Kalidasa and Vishakhadatta
Historical writing of Kalidasa
Historical writing of Vishakhadatta
7. The Writing of Historical Biographies
Introductory Remarks
Historical Biographies
A Critical Evaluation of Biographical Writings
8. The Writing of Chronicles and Vamshavalis
9. Historical Writings in South India
10. Traditional Chronology
11. Historical and Chronological Sense : General Review
12. Observations and Conclusions
General Bibliography
Index

Meet the Author
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G.P. Singh, Prof. of History at the University of Manipur, Imphal, has researched different aspects of ancient Indian history and culture over the past three decades. He has contributed numerous papers to national and international journals. His works that include The Kiratas in Ancient India: A Historical Study of their Life, Culture and Civilisation; Political Thought in Ancient India; Early Indian Historical Tradition and Archaeology; Republics, Kingdoms, Towns and Cities in Ancient India; and Ancient Indian Historiography, have won the acclaim of scholars in the field. In 1989, Dr. Singh was elected the Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, London. He has been recently nominated a member of Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi.
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