Ancient India: in Historical Outline by D. N. JhaThis book is a substantially modified and enlarged version of the 1977 original. It surveys the major developments in Indias social, economic and cultural history up to the end of the ancient period and the beginning of the early middle ages and explains the rise and growth of states with reference to their material basis. Special attention has been paid to the elements of change and continuity in society, economy and culture, and to the changing forms of exploitation and consequent social tensions as well as to the role of religion and superstition in society.
Ancient India In Historical Outline By D. N. Jha
This is the third enlarged version of the book, which was first published in It pays special attention to elements of changes and continuity and gives the lie to the view that Indian society has been stagnant and changeless, a view propagated by Western scholars in the heyday of British imperialism and which continues to be peddled ingeniously in our own times. It analyses the changing forms of exploitation and social tensions and the role of religion and superstition in curbing them. It also stresses the fact that the achievements of ancient India, remarkable though they were, cannot cover up the social and economic disparities which we have inherited from the past. Since both Harappa and Mohenjodaro are situated now in Pakistan, the Hindu revivalists are busy locating the epicenter of the Harappan culture in the elusive Saraswati valley. Jha graduated from the Presidency College in and obtained M. He was professor of history at the University of Delhi until his retirement in
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Kosambi, is a comprehensive book that delves into the history of ancient India, which is evidenced to have been rich, developed and flourished. Ancient India has seen some of the world class philosophers, poets, political scientists, economists, biologists, architects, scientists and astronomers. The land was ruled by some of the wealthiest dynasties. The Culture and Civilisation of Ancient India in Historical Outline takes you back to those times and details on every aspect of the thriving land that it was back in the days. Penned by one of the renowned historians of India, this book is a must read for History aficionados. Damodar Dharmananda Kosambi was an esteemed Indian historian, polymath and mathematician. He was especially knowledgeable in numismatics.