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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Romila Thapar here completely moves away from the romanticism that is usually associated with most of the histories of India making this a very dry read.

Early India by Romila Thapar – Out Of Print – University of California Press

Have fun deciphering them! Is there any evidence at all for this statement? Next page of related Farly Products. But her narrative glosses over the enormous difficulties in dating the Vedas and in extracting history out of them.

Above all, she shows the rich mosaic of diverse kingdoms, landscapes, languages, and beliefs. Strangely she doesn’t use this description of the kshatriyas. Get to Know Us. However, there are several problems in her interpretation of early India, not all indai which will be immediately apparent to the general reader.

Book review: Romila Thapar’s ‘Early India’

I would never recommend this book or any book written by Romila Thapar to any one except you are preparing for UPSC exams. Well its Romila Thaper The modern writing of Indian history began with colonial perceptions of the Indian past that were to be seminal to its subsequent interpretations. The story ends with the Mughals entering India from the north, even as European explorers find their way to the southwestern coast. University of California Press- History – pages. View all 11 comments.

I would posit that this book and its author kill Indian history, dismember the corpse, burn the remains and plod mechanically through romilx ashes. Nor does she seem interested in gripping his intellect.

Interpreting Early India – Romila Thapar – Oxford University Press

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. This edition also includes some new data leading to leading to fresh interpretation while not completely ignoring the old arguments which the author consider relevant to this date.

Style of the book is documentary like and ordinary. Her historical work portrays the iindia of Hinduism as an evolving interplay between social forces. Other books in the series. That said, it entertained me for the most part, and informed me a great deal about Indian societies of the past. I won’t pretend I memorized everything in the book, since it packs a period of over years into less than pages.

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Pages with related products. Thereafter, somehow, the Marxist bias against Vedic religion, Brahminism, Puranic Hinduism starts seeping in.

Metcalf, Professor of History and Sarah Kailath Professor of Indian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of A Concise History of India “Incorporating newer findings, methods, and interpretations, this thorough and outstandingly written addition to the author’s highly acclaimed History of India, Volume One manifests her long and distinguished service to the study of Indian history.

You can bag this book from Amazon. This book may have all the information one might require for a general survey of India before the coming of the Mughals and the Portuguese, but the style is listless and documentary. Open Preview See a Problem? A comprehensive but very concise review of years of Indian history up to AD. Highly recommended for research scholars. The author frequently referred to geographic areas of India which I couldn’t place in my head the maps were This book may have all the information one might require for a general survey of India before the coming of the Mughals and the Portuguese, but the style is listless and documentary.

Overall, the book is a pretty good resource for a specialist, just to get the names and dates and places of your rajas, cakravartins, and texts, and I’d imagine very frustrating for anyone else.

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

Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Names of kings and dynasties appear in profusion, which can be bewildering for a reader for whom this is the first introduction to Indian history — but that is not the fault of the author, because India’s history is long and complex.

Texts, Readings, Histories; Cultural Pasts: She does a good job of clearing a lot of misconceptions that are prevalent about Indian history. The Wonder That Was India: Not inspiring and difficult to complete Don’t have a Kindle? Brahmins then became administrators of the land, employing the lower castes to do the labour.

As a lay reader, I cannot sit in judgment over the book. Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. For a book that’s titled this way The first half of the book is quite interesting where Thapar talks about historiography and how biases and agendas of diverse groups affect their periodization and narrative of history, and the book begins quite promisingly with a the description of the social milieu.

This is a new paperback edition of the earlier hardback published in These factors make this book stand apart from other books in this genre. It is a definitely one of the books which can be described in one word- ‘Magnificent’.