The Illustrated History of South India: From Prehistoric Times to the Fall of VijayanagarPaperback Oxford India Collection
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- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Format: Paperback | 390 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 26mm | 520g
- Publication date: 30 November 2009
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 0198063563
- ISBN 13: 9780198063568
- Illustrations note: Numerous line illustrations
- Sales rank: 906,184
In A History of South India, first published in 1955, K.A. Nilakanta Sastri provided a comprehensive account of the history of South India. Tracing the history from prehistoric times to the fall of the kingdom of Vijayanagar in 1565 AD, the book incorporated the results of the author's own researches and brought together material previously scattered in separate studies to present a coherent narrative. Over the years the book has achieved a near-classic status. The Illustrated History of South India, an adapted and illustrated version of the original book, aims to sensitize young readers to the country's historic past and rich cultural heritage, and the need to preserve it. Key chapters discuss the coming of the Aryans, the Mauryan Empire, the rise of Vijayanagar, social and economic conditions, literature, religion and philosophy, and the art and architecture of South India. The volume includes an Introduction by renowned historian R. Champakalakshmi, written especially for this edition, and a Prologue by eminent historian P.M. Rajan Gurukkal. Interspersed with photographs and line drawings, including maps and genealogical charts, this illustrated edition will be invaluable for students and teachers of history, in particular, history of South India, as well as general readers. India, which over the years has achieved a near-classic status, this illustrated edition provides a comprehensive account of the history of South India from the prehistoric times to the fall of the kingdom of Vijayanagar in 1565 AD. This volume includes a new Introduction by renowned historian R. Champakalakshmi, and a Prologue by eminent historian P.M. Rajan Gurukkal.
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P.M. Rajan Gurukkal is Vice-Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala.
Table of contents
PUBLISHER'S NOTE ; PROLOGUE BY P.M. RAJAN GURUKKAL ; INTRODUCTION BY R. CHAMPAKALAKSHMI ; 1. The Earliest Peoples and Cultures ; 2. The Dawn of History: Aryanization ; 3. The Age of the Mauryan Empire ; 4. The Satavahanas and their Successors ; 5. The Age of the Sangam and After ; 6. Conflict of Three Empires ; 7. The Balance of Two Empires ; 8. The Age of the Four Kingdoms ; 9. The Bahamanis and the Rise of Vijayanagar ; 10. The Empire of Vijayanagar ; 11. Social and Economic Conditions ; 12. Literature ; 13. Religion and Philosophy ; 14. Art and Architecture ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS