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India’s Ancient Past

R. S. Sharma


This book presents a complete and accessible description of the history of early India. It starts by discussing the origins and growth of civilizations, empires, and religions. It also deals with the geographical, ecological, and linguistic backgrounds, and looks at specific cultures of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Vedic periods, as well as at the Harappan civilization. In addition, the rise of Jainism and Buddhism, Magadha and the beginning of territorial states, and the period of Mauryas, Central Asian countries, Satvahanas, Guptas, and Harshavardhana are also analysed. Next, it stresses ... More

Keywords: Neolithic culture, Harappan civilization, Vedic period, Jainism, Buddhism, Magadha, Mauryas, varna system, urbanization, Aryan culture

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Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195687859
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. S. Sharma, author
University of Patna

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End Matter

Chronology of Literary Sources

General and Survey Volumes

Chapter 1 The Significance of Ancient Indian History Chapter 2 Modern Historians of Ancient India Chapter 3 Nature of Sources and Historical Construction

Chapter 4 Geographical Setting Chapter 5 Ecology and Environment

Chapter 6 The Linguistic Background

Chapter 7 Human Evolution: The Old Stone Age Chapter 8 The Neolithic Age: First Food Producers and Animal Keepers Chapter 9 Chalcolithic Cultures

Chapter 10 Harappan Culture: Bronze Age Urbanization in the Indus Valley

Chapter 11 Identity of Aryan Culture Chapter 12 The Age of the Rig Veda Chapter 13 The Later Vedic Phase: Transition to State and Social Orders

Chapter 14 Jainism and Buddhism Chapter 17 State Structure and the Varna System in the Age of the Buddha

Chapter 15 Territorial States and the Rise of Magadha Chapter 16 Iranian and Macedonian Invasions

Chapter 18 The Maurya Age Chapter 19 The Significance of Maurya Rule

Chapter 20 Central Asian Contact and Mutual Impact Chapter 23 Crafts, Commerce, and Urban Growth

Chapter 21 The Satavahana Phase Chapter 22 The Dawn of History in the Deep South Chapter 28 Brahmanization, Rural Expansion, and Peasant Protest in the Peninsula

Chapter 24 Rise and Growth of the Gupta Empire Chapter 25 Life in the Gupta Age

Chapter 26 Spread of Civilization in Eastern India Chapter 31 From Ancient to Medieval

Chapter 27 Harsha and His Times

Chapter 29 Developments in Philosophy Chapter 33 Legacy in Science and Civilization

Chapter 30 Cultural Interaction with Asian Countries

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