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    DescriptionCities and states developed in South Asia between c.800 BC and AD 250, as Hinduism and Buddhism arose and spread. Drawing on archaeological studies and also on texts and inscriptions, this book explores the character of the early Indian cities, paying particular attention to their art and architecture and analysing the political ideas that shaped the state systems. The authors chart the development of the settlement pattern in the Ganges valley through to the rise of cities and the formation of the Mauryan empire and its successor states. They also trace the spread of cities and states throughout South Asia to the opening centuries of the Christian era, offering an Indian perspective on the contacts with the Greek and Roman worlds that followed the invasion of Alexander the Great.


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    Title
    The Archaeology of Early Historic South Asia
    Subtitle
    The Emergence of Cities and States
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) F.R. Allchin
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 392
    Width: 188 mm
    Height: 244 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 839 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780521376952
    ISBN 10: 0521376955
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1F
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    BIC subject category V2: HDD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 08
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: AH
    Libri: I-AH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25530
    BISAC V2.8: HIS017000, SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3B
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A17600000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA
    DC21: 934
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 934
    DC22: 934
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: DS338 .A45 1995
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: NKD
    Edition statement
    New.
    Illustrations note
    90 b/w illus. 15 maps 1 table
    Publisher
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    20 February 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge
    Review quote
    ..".the excellent maps, abundant illustrations, and comprehensive index make this an essential reference work for South Asian historians and archaeologists." Choice
    Back cover copy
    Cities and states developed in South Asia between c. BC 800 and AD 250, as Hinduism and Buddhism arose and spread. Drawing on archaeological studies and also on texts and inscriptions, this book explores the character of the early Indian cities, paying particular attention to their art and architecture and analysing the political ideas that shaped the state systems. The authors chart the development of the settlement pattern in the Ganges valley through to the rise of cities and the formation of the Mauryan empire and its successor states. They also trace the spread of cities and states throughout South Asia to the opening centuries of the Christian era, offering an Indian perspective on the contacts with the Greek and Roman worlds that followed the invasion of Alexander the Great.
    Table of contents
    1. The archaeology of early historic South Asia; 2. The environmental context; 3. The end of Harappan urbanism and its legacy; 4. Language, culture and the concept of ethnicity; 5. Dark Age or continuum? An archaeological analysis of the second urban development in South Asia; 6. The prelude to urbanisation: ethnogenesis and the rise of late Vedic chiefdoms; 7. City states of north India and Pakistan at the time of the Buddha; 8. Early cities and states beyond the Ganges valley; 9. The rise of cities in Sri Lanka; 10. The Mauryan state and empire; 11. Mauryan architecture and art; 12. Post-Mauryan states of mainland South Asia (c.185BC-AD 320); 13. The emergence of cities and states: concluding synthesis.