Author: K A Nilakanta Sastri
Foreword/Introduction: R Champakalakshmi
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195606868
This work presents, in a compact form, a comprehensive account of the history of the whole of South India from Prehistoric Times to the Fall of Vijayanagar.
With a new introduction, this edition incorporates the results of author's own researches, and brings together material previously scattered in many separate studies and presents it as a coherent narrative. Political history naturally occupies a predominant place, but full account is taken of social life, commerce, religion, philosophy, literature and the plastic arts; these subjects are treated both in the course of the historical narrative and in four separate chapters at the end of the book.
In her introduction, Professor Champakalakshmi brings this classic history up to date.
Survey of the Sources
The Land in Relation to History
The Earliest People and Cultures
The Dawn of History : Aryanization
The Age of the Mauryan Empire
The Satavahanas and Their Successors
The Age of the Sangam and After
Conflict of Three Empires
The Balance of Two Empires
The Age of Four Kingdoms
The Bahmanis and the Rise of Vijayanagar
The Empire of Vijayanagar
Social and Economic Conditions
Religion and Philosophy
Art and Architecture