Author: Niharranjan Ray
B D Chattopadhyaya/Ranabir Chakravarti
Publisher: Orient Longman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8125018719
A Sourcebook of Indian Civilization aims at familiarizing its readers with the various aspects that go into the making of the history of Indian civilization. These aspects include material life, technology, economic and social organization, polity, religion and philosophy, literature and art.
The arrangement of the material in the chapters and selections conforms to a rationally conceived and planned scheme of history. The content of the book presents an extensive view of Indian life and thought.
This volume is the outcome of a project which envisaged the selection and classification of important source material pertaining to Indian history and civilization and its publication in three volumes. The Fulfilment of at least a part of the project, years after it was first planned, calls for some explanation. Conceived during 1969-701, this project was first entrusted to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, by the Ministry of Education, government of India. Tentatively titled A Sourcebook of Ancient Indian and Asian Civilizations, Its publication was planned to coincide with the Silver Jubilee year of India’s Independence.
In a seminar held at the Shimla Institute in 1970, the structure and modalities of preparation of the sourcebook were discussed and finalized. With the Establishment of the Council in 1972, This project got transferred at some stage of which details the records in the Council are silent from the Shimla Institute, and the late Professor Niharranjan Ray ws named as the Project Director. A series of meetings deliberated upon a number of points pertaining to both the nature and the personnel to be involved in it, and finalized under the supervision of Professor Ray.
The Land, the People and the Environs
Food Gathering and Food Producing Communities
The Iron Age and the Formation of Janapadas
Consolidation and Confrontation
Acculturation and Standardization
Landed Interests, Regionalization and Proliferation of Castes: Early Medieval Society and Culture.