Studying Early India - Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues

Studying Early India - Archaeology, Texts, and Historical Issues

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Author: Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya
Publisher: Permanent Black
Year: 2011
Language: English
Pages: 283
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8178241439


It shows the profound impact of colonialism on the study of India’s early past, the new methods and premises introduced into India by colonial studies, and the variety of departures from traditional, pre-colonial modes of history-writing. It goes on the show that post-Independence historiography has brough a fresh set of problems to the fore: such as the integration of archaeology with narratives of early Indian history; of the trajectories of social change and social formation; of the historical position of ideology and its shifts; and of the ways of communicating knowledge of a past which is now increasingly under non-academic fundamentalist onslaughts.

With its diverse parts connected by strong threads of interest in the changing nature of history-writing on early India, this new book on the methodological changes that confront the historian of pre-colonial India will consolidate Professor Chattopadhyaya’s reputation as one of the foremost thinkers in his area of ancient and early medieval history.




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