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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Thereafter, somehow, the Marxist bias against Vedic religion, Brahminism, Puranic Hinduism starts seeping in. Cezary Galewicz Limited preview – The history of Islam in India is complicated. Highly recommended for research scholars.

A lot more focus on social conditions than about kings and the wars they waged. For example, discussing the status of women when social groups moved from clans family groups to jatis subcastes she says: At any given point in time, the subcontinent may have had several areas in ascendancy and in decline, some which interacted with one another and others that were in more or less a constant state of warfare.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? What you get in the book are nearly pages of small type taking a thematic and chronological approach that passes from across the different regions within the sub-continent, following similarities and differences and interactions.

Keeping in mind the author’s reputation in “Indian Historical Circles”, I expected more. Open Preview See a Problem? You can bag this book from Amazon. Also surprising was the check of a king’s power through local village and town heads. It is likely that in the initial stages of conversion jati status, some customary practices from the previous status were retained. My library Help Advanced Book Search.


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By the way, I read this volume in two parts; hence the wide gap between starting and finishing – it does not take over a year to get through. However, the prevalent views are more subtle. Choose your country or region Close. Using political narrative as a frame, Thapar skilfully weaves in details of other aspects such as society, economy, religion, art and architecture. The Land of India: The Origin of Species.

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

Firstly, romiila things I did not like about the book. 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.

There is an uncontrolled bashing of the brahmin cult throughout the book. The book is available online for convenient shopping. In my Humble Opinion, Overall, it is a history of India of a left leaning author. Which brings me to my next point.

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Aug 20, Jackson Cyril rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her recent work on Somnath examines the evolution of the historiographies about the legendary Gujarat temple. Thapar introduces figures from the remarkable visionary ruler Ashoka to other less exemplary figures.

Romila Thapar mentions multiple times that the fact that various kingdoms did not coalesce to defend against the Northwestern invaders comes as a surprise. Admittedly, as the subject is Indian history from prehistoric times until AD, it’s likely that the concrete knowledge available if detailed. This one took me much longer than I expected, but there is a lot of dense information packed into this small volume.


I figured a Penguin book on the topic would be just what I needed. I also found that her time period summaries the romil few paragraphs of each time period section were succinct.

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A book with more insights than facts. She had covered the evolution of religion really well. A graduate from Panjab University, Dr. Unlike her detractors, however, I can fo This one took me much longer than I expected, but there is a lot of dense information packed into this small volume. As a south indian, i found the chapters on Chola dynasty to be undia more could have been written.

Buy the selected items together This item: Would you like to see more reviews about this item? D To call this book academic would be an understatement; to call it “not interesting” would be an even bigger one.

On the minus, sometimes frustratingly vague generalities about polity, production, caste, and gender. She had written a somewhat leftist though not strictly Marxist version of ancient and early medivial Indian History.

Fascinating subject for many reasons.