R.S. Sharma (1919-2011) was Emeritus Professor, Department of History University of Patna. He was also the Founder Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi
This book provides a comprehensive and accessible account of the history of early India Beginning with a discussion on frameworks of writing history, the volume sheds light on the origins and growth of civilizations, empires, and religions. It covers the geographical, ecological, and linguistic backgrounds, and looks at specific cultures of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Vedic period, as well as at the Harappan civilization.
The author discusses the rise of Jainism and Buddhism, Magadha, and the beginning of territorial states The period of Mauryas, Central Asian countries, Satavahanas, Guptas, and Harshavardhana are also analysed. He highlights important phenomena such as the varna system, urbanization, commerce and trade, developments in science and philosophy, and cultural legacy. He also examines the process of transition from ancient to medieval India and addresses topical issues such as the origin of the Aryan culture
This engaging and lucid text, by one of the best-known scholars of ancient India, will be indispensable for students and teachers of ancient Indian history
The narrative is highly readable, demarcating the major periods of social formation, political and cultural evolution, underlying which is a judicious use a ble sources and their relative importance for each period
-R. Champakalakshmi, Economic and Political Weekly
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