India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200

India: The Ancient Past: A History of the Indian Sub-Continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200

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By (author) Burjor Avari

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 230mm x 16mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415356164
  • ISBN 13: 9780415356169
  • Illustrations note: 20 colour illustrations, 33 black & white line drawings
  • Sales rank: 593,129

Product description

This carefully crafted study presents the fascinating story of the development and establishment of India's culture and civilization from early pre-history through to the early second millennium. Encompassing topics such as the Harappan Civilization, the rise of Hindu culture, the influx of Islam in the eighth and the eleventh/twelfth centuries and key empires, states and dynasties, India: The Ancient Past engages with methodological and controversial issues. Key features of this illustrated guide include: a range of maps illustrating different temporal and geographical regions selected source extracts at the end of each chapter, for review and reflection questions for discussion. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the political, spiritual, cultural and geographical history of India, making it an enriching read for anyone with an interest in this captivating period of history.

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Author information

Burjor Avari was born in India in 1938, spent his childhood in Kenya and Zanzibar, and received higher education in Britain. He taught history in Kenyan and British schools for 26 years before joining Manchester Metropolitan University in 1988 where he coordinates Multicultural Studies and teaches Indian History. He received an MBE in 1988 in recognition of his work in Multicultural Education.

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'An engaging narrative of a complex civilization.' - Minerva

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. From Africa to Mehrgarh 3. The Harappan Civilization 4. The Indo-Aryans in the Vedic Age 5. Formative Centuries of the Pre-Mauryan Era 6. The Paradox of Mauryan Imperialism 7. Diffusion and Dynamism after the Mauryas 8. Stability and Change Under the Imperial Guptas 9. The Post-Gupta Era and the Rise of the South 10. Regionalism and Feudalism: Rajput, Pala and 296 Rashtrakuta Kingdoms 11. Chola Domination in the South and Turco-Afhan Plunder in the North