India's Ancient Past

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India's Ancient Past
Author Ram Sharan Sharma
Country United Kingdom, United States, India, Australia
Language English
Subject History of India, Ancient India
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
Pages 400
ISBN 0-19-566714-X
OCLC 63134245
LC Class DS451 .S545 2005
Preceded by Rethinking India's Past
Followed by Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India

India's Ancient Past is a book by Professor Ram Sharan Sharma which details the history of early India. Beginning with a discussion on frameworks of the writing of history, the book sheds light on the origins and growth of civilisations, empires, and religions. It covers the geographical, ecological, and linguistic backgrounds, and looks at specific cultures of the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Vedic periods, as well as at the Harappan civilisation. The author discusses the rise of Jainism and Buddhism, Magadha and the beginning of territorial states. The period of Mauryas, Central Asian countries, Satvahanas, Guptas, and Harshavardhana are also analysed. He highlights important phenomena such as the varna system, urbanisation, commerce and trade, developments in science and philosophy, and cultural legacy. He also examines the process of transition from Ancient to Medieval India and addresses topical issues such as the origin of the Aryan culture.

It has been published by Oxford University Press.

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