History and Beyond
By (author) Romila Thapar
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History and Beyond by Romila Thapar
Book DescriptionThese four books are on seemingly discrete and different aspects of early Indian history, yet they are interconnected. Historiography links many facets, concerned as it is with interpretations of the past. In recent years historical interpretation has drawn on other disciplines and this is evident in Interpreting Early India. The subject is history, but the discussions in this work move beyond history to provide a glimpse of explorations of new historical territories relating to early India. Time, it is argued in Time as a Metaphor of History, is an essential component of a historical perspective. Societies have varying forms of time, depending on function and perceptions. Conventional attempts to assign these particular forms of time- either cyclical or linear- have now been questioned. The most meaningful understanding of time and history is to view time at the intersection of the cyclic and the linear within the same society. Cultural Transaction suggests alternative ways of assessing the early Indian tradition. Using more recent concepts of culutre and tradition, it distances itself from the static notion of fixed traditions and exclusive high cultures. From Lineage to State discusses the history of north India from about 1000 to 400BC. Moving away from the conventional treatment of this period, it attempts to locate the processes of state formation and social configuration. The evidence, both literary and archeological, is linked, using a comparative framework, with studies of similar societies from other sources in order to suggest a mutlifaceted reconstruction of this history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195668322
(216mm x 137mm x 27mm)
Imprint: OUP India
Publisher: OUP India
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2004
Country of Publication: India
Books By Author Romila Thapar
Past Before Us, Hardback (November 2013)
The claim that India uniquely lacks historical writing distracts us from a more pertinent question: how to recognize the historical sense of societies whose past is recorded in ways very different from European conventions. The author, distinguished scholar of ancient India, provides a panoramic survey of historical traditions in North India.
Early Indian History, Paperback (August 2013)
This reader brings together essays on various aspects of ancient Indian history. It discusses historiography; society and economy; changing political formations; religion, philosophy and society; and the changes which paved way for new socio-economic and political formations.
Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Paperback (May 2012)
This book discusses the history of the Mauryas with a special emphasis on the reign and activities of Asoka. It focuses on sources, socio-economic conditions, administration, Dhamma, foreign relations, and the decline of the Mauryas. This third edition contains a new foreword which updates research.
Sakuntala, Paperback (January 2011)» View all books by Romila Thapar
Originally published: New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1999.
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Author Biography - Romila Thapar
Romila Thapar has taught Ancient Indian History at London University, Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is currently Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University. She is the author of several books among which are Cultural Pasts, Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, History of India and Ancient Indian Social History.
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