Cultural Pasts: Essays in Early Indian History

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This volume is a collection of papers and lectures by one of India's foremost historians on a range of subjects pertaining to early Indian history. Written over the last thirty years and published in various journals, their collective publication makes these important writings more accessible to Professor Thapar's many readers.

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The fifty-one articles presented in this volume testify to an ability to present scholarship in a stimulating and readable manner, as well as to the enduring quality of her work, which is of continuing value to students and specialists in the field ... a compact and well-presented volume, and is to be congratulated for the provision of an index, rarely to be found in such collections. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies --Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

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This volume presents a collection of papers and lectures by one of India's foremost historians on a range of subjects pertaining to early Indian history. Published in various journals, their collective publication should make these writings more accessible to Professor Thapar's many readers.

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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2013. Softcover. Condition: New. This collection of papers and lectures on early Indian history by one of India`s foremost historians focuses on historiography and the changing dimensions of social and cultural history. The essays have been grouped thematically in nine sections : historiography; social and cultural transactions; archaeology and history; pre-Mauryan and Mauryan India; forms of exchange; the society of heroes in the epics and the later tradition of venerating heroes; genealogies and origin myths; the social context of the renouncer; and the present in the past, which looks at how current ideologies make use of the early past. The collective publication of these important pieces-written over the last forty years and published in various journals-makes them newly accessible to Professor Thapar`s many readers. This volume will be indispensable to students and scholars of early Indian history. Contents List of Illustrations I. HISTORIOGRAPHY : 1. Ideology and the Interpretation of Early Indian History 2. Durkheim and Weber on Theories of Society and Race Relating to Pre-colonial India 3. The Contribution of D.D. Kosambi to Indology 4. Early India : An Overview 5. Regional History: The Punjab 6. Regional History with Reference to the Konkan 7. Society and Historical Consciousness : The Itihasa-purana Tradition 8. Historical Consciousness in Early India 9. Antecedents, Religious Sanctions and Political Legitimation in the Ladakh Chronicles II. SOCIAL AND CULTURAL TRANSACTIONS : 10. The Oral and the Written in Early India 11. Dissent and Protest in the Early Indian Tradition 12. The Image of the Barbarian in Early India III. ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY : 13. A Possible Identification of Meluhha, Dilmun and Makan 14. Society in Ancient India : The Formative Period 15. The Archaeological Background to the Agnicayana Ritual 16. Archaeological Artifacts and Literary Data: An Attempt at Co-relation IV. PRE-MAURYAN AND MAURYAN INDIA : 17. The Evolution of the State in the Ganga Valley in the Mid-first Millennium BC 18. The Early History of Mathura : Up to and Including the Mauryan Period 19. State Weaving-Shops of the Mauryan Period 20. Asoka and Buddhism as Reflected in the Asokan Edicts 21. Literacy and Communication : Some Thoughts on the Inscriptions of Asoka 22. Epigraphic Evidence and Some Indo-Hellenistic Contacts during the Mauryan Period 23. The Mauryas Revisited : i. Towards the Definition of an Empire : The Mauryan State ii. Text and Context : Megasthenes and the Seven Castes V. FORMS OF EXCHANGE : 24. Dana and Daksina as Forms of Exchange 25. Indian Views of Europe : Representations of the Yavanas in Early Indian History 26. Black Gold : South Asia and the Roman Maritime Trade 27. Patronage and the Community VI. OF HEROES AND HISTORY : 28. The Historian and the Epic 29. Some Aspects of the Economic Data in the Mahabharata 30. The Ramayana : Theme and Variation 31. Death and the Hero 32. As long as the Moon and the Sun Endure VII. GENEALOGIES AND ORIGIN MYTHS AS HISTORICAL SOURCES : 33. Genealogical Patterns as Perceptions of the Past 34. Origin Myths and the Early Indian Historical Tradition 35. Clan, Caste and Origin Myths in Early India 36. The Mouse in the Ancestry VIII. THE RENOUNCER IN A SOCIAL CONTEXT : 37. Sacrifice, Surplus, and the Soul 38. Ideology, Society and the Upanisads 39. Ethics, Religion and Social Protest in the First Millennium BC : in Northern India 40. Renunciation : The Making of a Counter-culture? 41. The Householder and the Renouncer in the Brahmanical and Buddhist Traditions 42. Millenarianism and Religion in Early India IX. THE PRESENT IN THE PAST : 43. Imagined Religious Communities? Ancient History and the Modern Search for a Hindu Identity 44. The Tyranny of Labels 45. Secularism and History 46. Syndicated Hinduism 47. A Historical Perspective on the Story of Rama 48. The Ramayana Syn Printed Pages: 1167. Seller Inventory # 1517

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