Author: R C Majumdar
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120804368
This is a comprehensive, intelligible and interesting portrait of Ancient Indian History and Civilization from a national historical point of view. The work is divided into three boroad divisions of the natural course of cultural development in Ancient India: 1> From the pre-historic age to 600 BC 2> From 600 BC to 300 AD &3> From 300 AD to 1200 AD.
This book will interest not only general readers but also meet the needs of earnest students who are looking for a thorough grasp of the essential facts and features.
List of Plates
The System of Transliteration
Introduction : I. Physical Characteristics
II. Sources of Indian History
BOOK I. The Prehistoric Age - Early Man and his Implements
II. The Prehistoric Age - Race and Culture
III. The Sindhu (Indus) Valley Civilization
IV. The Aryans
V. The Vedas
VI. Early Aryan Society
VII. Later Vedic Period-Political History
VIII. Later Vedic Period - Political theory and administrative system
IX. Later Vedic Period-Social and Religious Condition
Book II. C. 600 B.C. TO C. 300 A.D.
I. Political History from the sixth to the fourth century B.C.
Appendix-The Chronological problem
II. The Maurya Empire
III. From the end of the first to the beginning of the second Magadha Empire (Second century B.C. to fourth century A.D.)
A. Political Theory
B. Administrative Organisation
V. New Religious Movements
VII. The Epics and the Hindu Society
VIII. Colonisation and Economic Condition
Book III. FROM C. 300 A.D. TO C. 1200 A.D.
I. The Gupta Empire
II. North India fro m C. 500 A.D. to 650 A.D.
III. North India from C. 650 A.D. to C. 800 A.D.
IV. The Deccan up to the rise of the Rashtrakutas
V. The Struggle for Supremacy-The Rashtrakutas, The Palas, and the Gurjara-Pratiharas
VI. Downfall of the Prathara Empire
VII. Invasions of Sultan Mahmud
VIII. Northern India in the 11th and 12th centuries A.D.
IX. The Muslim Conquest of Northern India
X. Nepal and Kashmir
XI. Rise and Fall of Empire in the Deccan
XII. Eastern and Western Deccan
XIII. South India
XIV. Political Theory and Public Administration
XV. Growth of Local Self-government
XVIII. The System of Education
XIX. Economic Condition
XX Art and Architecture
A. Gupta Age
B. Post-Gupta Age
XXI. Degradation of Hindu Society
XXII. Indian Colonies in the Far East
Identification of ancient places