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Ancient Indian History
7000 BCE to Islamic Settlement

  • Rohit Majumdar - Independent Research Scholar in History and Anthropology; Lifetime member of the National Geographic Society

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Asian History | History (General)

October 2021 | 492 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
A concise and engaging textbook that studies the history of ancient India, from 7000 BCE up to the beginning of the Islamic settlement in the subcontinent.

This textbook introduces, in a unique manner, the history and development of the Indian subcontinent through categorical evidence, data and critical assessment of contemporary global happenings. Ancient Indian History offers multiple parallels to students to aid them in visualizing India as a vessel of cultures.  It brings together archaeology, social anthropology, war philosophies, war politics, numismatic evidence, countless modern discoveries and research evidence. This book bases itself on the premise that globalization is not a phenomenon that was initiated in India in the 1990s but something that has existed in this subcontinent for the last 7000 years or more.

The book will prove to be a valuable companion for UG students of history as well as UGC NET and civil service aspirants who want a comprehensive yet compact introduction to the history of ancient India.

Key Features:

•             Incorporates the latest archaeological findings and filters inferences in an accessible manner 

•             Written in a narrative style, avoiding overflow of data 

•             Provides comparative study of contemporary global movements and their effects on Indian history

•             Has a holistic approach, covering perspectives from across India, unlike other contemporary texts
 
To My Students
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
MODULE I: Comparative History of Ancient Global Settlements and Wars
 
Introduction
 
First Parallel PART A. Mesolithic to Chalcolithic: Earth to Metals
 
Earliest Human Settlements in India: The Mountain Routes of the North to the Saraswati (Mehrgarh Settlement: Periods I–III)
 
First Parallel PART B. Mesolithic to Chalcolithic: Earth to Metals
 
Earliest Human Settlements in India: The River Routes of the North to the South of the Saraswati
 
First Parallel PART C. Mesolithic to Chalcolithic: Earth to Metals
 
Towards Inner India: From the Northern Mountains to the South-eastern Riverbeds
 
Second Parallel (Global Perspective). Invasions and Presumptions: Ancient Globalizations, Warfare and Impact on India
 
Economies of Trade: Meluhha and Maritime Trade
 
Second Parallel PART A. Invasions and Presumptions: Ancient Globalizations, Global Warfare and Impact on India (4000–1200 BCE)
 
Ancient Globalizations, Global Warfare and Impact on India (4000–1200 BCE)
 
Second Parallel PART B. Invasions and Presumptions: Ancient Globalizations, Global Warfare and Impact on India (2000–600 BCE)
 
Indus–Saraswati Valley Culture to Vedic Culture and Philosophy
 
Second Parallel PARTC. Invasions and Presumptions: Ancient Globalizations, Global Warfare and Impact on India (2000–600 BCE)
 
Numismatics: Historical Progression towards the Mahajanapadas
 
Third Parallel PART A. Why India: Ancient Globalizations, Global Warfare and Impact (1000–200 BCE)
 
The Elephant Kingdoms of Asia: India as Final Destination among Global Powers (800–200 BCE)
 
Third Parallel PART B. Why India: Ancient Globalizations, Global Warfare and Impact (1000–200 BCE)
 
Defining ‘Rashtra’: Magadha Empire to Foreign Intrusion
 
Defining ‘Rashtra’: The Birth of the Global Education System and Pacifist Philosophy
 
Third Parallel PART C. Why India: Ancient Globalizations, Warfare and Impact (1000–200 BCE)
 
The Master of Battlecraft: Alexander III of Macedon
 
The Military Beginning of the Mauryan Empire: An Overview
 
Third Parallel PART D. The Mauryan State: Imperialism and Compassion and Vishnu Gupt
 
The Mauryan State: Holistic Approach
 
Chandragupta Maurya to Ashoka: Greek Connections and Buddhist Evidence
 
Fourth Parallel PART A. The Age of Empires: Post the Mauryas till the Guptas and the Second Global–Domestic Imperative
 
Ashoka: Chronicle of Transformational Leadership
 
Analysis of the Mauryan State
 
MODULE II: History of India as the New World’s Global–Domestic Power Centre
 
Fourth Parallel PART B. The Age of Empires: Post the Mauryas till the Guptas and the Second Global–Domestic Imperative
 
Global
 
Domestic
 
Pre-Gupta Short Reigns
 
Fourth Parallel PART C. The Age of Empires: Post the Mauryas till the Guptas and the Second Global–Domestic Imperative
 
Global Buddhism and the Silk Road
 
The Silk Road: A History in Wonder
 
Fifth Parallel PART A. The Age of Empires: The Guptas and the Third Global–Domestic Imperative (300–600 CE)
 
The World around India: Universalization of Religions and the Rise of New Faiths
 
The World towards India: Religious Internationalization of Territorial Politics and the Silk Road
 
Fifth Parallel PART B. The Age of Empires: The Guptas and the Third Global–Domestic Imperative (300–600 CE)
 
The World in India: The Imperial Guptas
 
Fifth Parallel PART C. The Age of Empires: Regional Powers and the Third Global–Domestic Imperative before Islam
 
The Feudal Fragmentation in India
 
Sixth Parallel. The Age of Empires: The Fierceness of Independence and the Southern Dynasties
 
The Game of Successions
 
Seventh Parallel Part A. The Age of Empires: Origins and Dissemination of Islam
 
Religions, Blood and Steel: The Global–Indian Perspective
 
Seventh Parallel Part B. The Age of Empires: Origins and Dissemination of Islam
 
Religions, Blood and Steel: Towards the Middle Age of India
 
Gl+R10ns
 
Select Bibliography
 
Index

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ISBN: 9789354790034
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