Out of Print. Early India From the Origins to AD by Romila Thapar (Author). Title Details. ISBN: ISBN: Stay Informed. Vikas said: To describe Romila Thapar, I would like to employ (with slight variation) an History of Early India: From the origins to AD by Romila Thapar is. 26 Oct THE PENGUIN HISTORY OF EARLY INDIA Romila Thapar was born in India in and comes from a Punjabi family, spending her early.

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D To ca Penguin claims this book “brings Indian History to life”. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Her works have been critically acclaimed all over the world and she has won many awards and recognition for her contributions to the arena of ancient Indian history. This is in contrast to every other ancient civilization, in whose ruins places of worship are over-represented. Sometimes there are invaders; sometimes kingdoms are small; sometimes urbanism happens; surplus is always extracted; tribes become incorporated as castes; casteism is enforced to varying degrees; life is even harder for women, slaves, and serfs.

Texts, Readings, Histories; Cultural Pasts: For myself, I will stick with this as my way in to the history of India, especially having read this https: Romanticism’s Child Lloyd I. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

It’s long, academic, and historical. The book is a series of such a dry, boring iteration of facts as interpreted by the author that it seems that Ms. The review of literary evidence is at times biased. I actually slept off few nights reading this book.

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

This superb book is not only the basic history romilz how India came to be and an introduction to how the writing of history takes shape, but also, not the least, a deconstruction of the historical myth and inventions on which is based the present intolerant and exclusivist Hindu nationalism.


Essays in Early Indian History; and Somanatha: The book explores India’s past quite vividly, helping readers to visualize the formation of a nation and how it grew and flourished over generations.

Showing of reviews. The historical book starts right from the prehistoric era and enumerates the good and the bad of every era that followed. See all customer images. There is so kndia information here in such a short book–names, concepts, kingdoms, epochs often fly by with blinding speed–that too many undia are almost indigestible.

Invari To explain the history of such a vast and diverse subcontinent over a large period of 3, years, with only the significant details is not mean fete. See and discover other items: Why are there so few truly ancient temples in a land whose history goes back years — most existing temples are less than a tahpar old.

Aug 11, Vijay Bharwad added it. On the other hand, I was exposed to a tremendous amount of information about which I had no idea.

They were surely exaggerating! The Penguin History of Early India: So much so that in almost every paragraph I had to look for a dictionary. Object Lessons Sarah Anne Carter. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

I won’t pretend I memorized everything in the book, since it packs a period of over years into less than pages. Something that I liked was the hold of mercantile communities over the regional politics.

That was not the case. Penguin India; First edition 10 April Language: To explain the history of such a vast and diverse subcontinent over a large period of 3, years, with only the significant details is not mean fete.


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I also appreciated the maps in the back of the book. I would never recommend this book or any book written by Romila Thapar to any one except you are preparing for UPSC exams. Thapar argues that temple-building and idol worship began only with the turn 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. Sponsored products related to this item. Despite my above-average knowledge of Indian history, this book still provided some surprising insights.

But earlyy when I say this do keep in mind to imdia mistake this book as a light read, this is a very intense information packed book which may even break the most avid fan of History. Review originally posted in Abby’s Shelf: Carefully explored the forces that shaped ancient history. Thapar takes the opportunity to mention that “brahmans” as she spells it counter to convention, were the recipients of land grants from the rulers.

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History Of Early India From The Origins To AD 1300 – author Romila Thapar

I also found that her time period summaries the last few paragraphs of each time period section were succinct. The Wonder That Was India: Add both to Cart. This is an erudite and impressive work.