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About the Author
V.D. Mahajan :-
He is a renowned historian. He is noted for his contributions to the study of history. He has written several books on history which include Ancient India, Political theory, Adhunik Bharat ka Itihas, Madhyakalin Baharat, Prachin Bharat ka Itihas, and History of Modern Europe.
About the Book
Ancient Indian history has always been mystical; more so a virtual utopia for historians and researchers. This scholarly text narrates the ancient Indian history from the genesis of civilisations to the early medieval ages. It examines the sources, chronology of civilisations and authoritatively details the facts, feats, triumphs and religious crusades of the period. It unveils the rich cultural, religious and social diversity that is uniquely and peculiarly Indian. The book is of immense use to students of arts and law courses as well as for candidates preparing for various competitive examinations.
• Balanced account of historical transition from ancient to early medieval
• Insightful interpretation of evidential sources, theory and disputations
• Interesting exposition of specific cultures and political, social, cultural, linguistic and economic developments
Table of Content
1. Introduction, 2. Sources, 3. The Pre-historic People, 4. Pre-historic Races and Cultures in India, 5. The Harappa Culture (The Indus Valley Civilization), 6. The Aryans, 7. The Vedic Literature, 8. Rigvedic India, 9. Later Vedic Civilization, 10. Age of the Sutras, 11. Epic Age, 12. The Age of Dharma Sastras, 13. The Caste System, 14. Jainism, 15. Buddhism, 16. Ancient Indian Polity, 17. Condition of Northern India From 6th to 4th Century B.C., 18. The Rise of Magadha, 19. India and Persia, 20. Alexander's Invasion of India, 21. Chandragupta and Bindusara, 22. Asoka (273 B.C.-236 B.C.), 23. The Mauryan Administration, 24. Culture and Civilisation during the Mauryan Age, 25. The Sungas and Kanvas, 26. Social, Religious, Economic and Cultural Conditions in Post-Mauryan Times (187B.C.-320 A.D.), 27. The Satavahanas or Andhras, 28. The Bactrian Greeks in India, 29. The Sakas and the Pahlavas, 30. Rise and Fall of the Kushana Empire, 31. India and the Western World, 32. The Nagas, 33. The Gupta Empire, 34. India during the Gupta Age, 35. Ajanta, Ellora, Amaravati and Nagarjunakonda, 36. The Vakatakas, 37. The Maitrakas and the Maukharis, 38. Harshavardhana and His Times, 39. Northern India after Harsha, 40. Social and Cultural Conditions of Northern India (650-1000 A.D.), 41. The Rashtrakutas, 42. The Chalukyas, 43. The Pallavas, 44. The Cholas, 45. The Tripartite Struggle for Supremacy, 46. The Pandyas, 47. Greater India, 48. Buddhist Art, 49. The Sangam Age, 50. Contribution of South India to Indian Culture, 51. Republics in Ancient India • Appendix: Modern Historians of Ancient India • Chronological Table • Index