1 Jun A history of India, Volume 1. Front Cover. Romila Thapar Romila Thapar is Professor Emeritus in History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New. Romila Thapar 1 star This is Volume Two of a history of India since the earliest times, picking up the story at the commencement of the Mughal period. A History of India, Volume 1. Front Cover. Romila the author (). Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

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Rival belief-systems existed in the form of Buddhism and Jainism, hkstory of which had more adherents in the subcontinent than they do today, although some Indians regarded them as heterodox Hindu philosophical systems rather than separate religions.

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Taken to its logical conclusion, this denies any generally accepted meaning of a text and is implicitly a denial of attempts at historical representation or claims to relative objectivity, since the meaning would change with each reading. For myself, I will stick with this as my way in to the history of India, especial This is a comprehensive history and densely packed history of India with a flavouring of historiography thrown in, since basically the author feels that some other histories have been to concerned with creating a nationalist history.

On the plus side, names and dates of dynasties and wars, descriptions of terms of art found in each period’s texts, and a brief fleshing out of technological and religious advances. As Thapar points out, the North, with its fertile river plains, was better country for empire-building than the more mountainous South. This is the first part of a two-volume history of India; the second part, written by the British historian Percival Spear, covers the period from to the present day. Sociology of Indian Society.

A History of India, vol. 1: From Origins to by Romila Thapar

The South Conforms c. First with due respect to the author, she has provided a detailed history of India, not a simple task and i greatly acknowledge her immense wisdom.

Penguin claims this book “brings Indian History to life”. I figured a Penguin book on the topic would be just what I needed. Read reviews that mention indian history romila thapar introduction to indian well known ancient india history of india history book marxist biased dry hindu outdated religious academic kingdoms class cultural parts religion sanskrit.


Thapar argues that temple-building and idol worship began only with the hiatory of Hindu religion to personal devotion bhakti during the Gupta period and after — prior to that, Hinduism was a sacrificial religion dominated by Vedic ritual.

It reports the dazzling The first half of the book is quite interesting where Thapar talks about historiography and how biases and agendas of diverse groups affect their periodization and narrative of history, and the book begins quite promisingly with a the description of the social milieu.

I would recommend to Romila Thapar that she should revise it. The South in the Ascendant c.

Buy the selected items together This item: This is in contrast to every other ancient civilization, in whose ruins places of worship are over-represented. I guess you work with what you’ve got to work with – triangulations of the evidence constructed from vo,ume elite texts or monuments have stood the test of time and text-destroying climates, and whatever can be dug up at dig sites.

To describe Romila Thapar, I would like to employ with slight variation an unknown quote by a famous journalist for Indira Gandhi, “She is the only MAN among the Indian intellectuals” Early India is one of the best books I have read this year. The language is very complicated and flowery. Overall, the first few chapters are a fairly good introduction to early India, but it gets too disorganised to follow soon after.

Now perhaps it is unfair to say that Percival Spear has written a A book with more insights than facts. A revision would be great, but the book is still very good.

What I want to know is, is she telling me something, or is she guessing? While being dispassionate in writing on thapad a subject is not, in itself, an undesirable quality in an author, Ms.

I have no idea if Thapar is a Marxist personally, but it doesn’t show in this informative and easy to read book. One explanation is that older Indian temples were built of wood and brick and collapsed long vollume.

A History of India, vol. 1: From Origins to 1300

The closest were the Guptas of the fourth, fifth and sixth centuries AD, and even their empire only covered Northern-Central India. Chalukyas Chinese Chola coast coins court cultivators culture Deccan Delhi devotional cult dynasty earlier early economic empire established evidence feudal feudatories Ganges valley Greek guilds Gujarat Gupta Harsha Hindu Hinduism ideas inscriptions Islam Jaina Jainism Kanauj king kingdom Krishna Kushana land later centuries literature Magadha Mahmud Mauryan merchants monasteries Muslim north-west northern India origin Pallavas pattern peninsula period Persian political popular Pratiharas priests Punjab Rajput Rashtrakutas refer region reign religion religious remained revenue ritual royal ruled rulers Sanskrit Satavahana sculpture sects Shakas shatriya shudras social society sources south India south-east Asia status sub-caste sub-continent Sufis Sultanate Tamil temple tion trade tradition transl tribes Turks Ulema Vakataka various Vedic Vijayanagara village Vishnu western India worship.


So it’s really easy to isolate a section on, say, Gupta pd trade routes, for instance. Volume 1 Penguin History. Her research on Ancient History is outdated she also doesn’t know Sanskrit, which any historian on Ancient India should knowand she is a negationist when it comes to the Islamic invasions.

The Penguin History of Early India: So there is less focus on the politics of the ruling classes and more on the socio-economic trends. Thapar has simply transcribed her lecture notes and made a book out of them. Max Weber Not an engaging text yet worth keeping for that magnificent timeline I would say that this book did great justice to the title with some drawbacks.

Had no idea Indian history was so immensely controversial before taking the class and reading this book. But it is readable. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. She also artfully critiques the political manipulation of certain historical narratives from this period and instead posits for a more a nuanced and A very concise and crisp description of ancient and early medieval India.

Her bias against Vedic Brahmanism is obvious and you have to apply that filter. Review originally posted in Abby’s Shelf: But once Buddhism became firmly established, rich merchants gave lavish endowments to the monasteries, freeing them of the need to live close to people.

Apr 04, Saurabh rated it it was ok Shelves: An in-depth account of the period from pre-history till about AD. Applicable only on ATM card, debit card or credit card orders.