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XVI, Nos. Dutt, Barauni , Herrmann and E. Robert Layton , Peter J. Stone and Julian Thomas , Routledge, London, , pp. Gupta ed. Jha , ed. Kushan rulers converted to Buddhism and were discussing the impact of the Achaemenids, Alexander, and responsible for Buddhist missions journeying to Central the wide-ranging contacts during the Mauryan Empire, most Asia and China.

On the economic side, Jha highlights the of his coverage is reserved for the Kushana. Jha effectively thriving trade that existed between Indian and the Western emphasises the two-way cultural contacts between India world through overland and seaborne trade routes. He also and the Kushana, particularly their role in transmitting sees the expanding trade as being connected to the growth Buddhism to Central Asia and China.

The bulk of the epilogue of a monetary economy in India, as the archaeological record is concerned with the legacy of Ancient India. Taking a reveals varying denominations of coinage being used in thematic approach Jha looks at a wide range of cultural, day-to-day transactions. Following this Jha examines the religious, technological, and philosophical contributions main religious developments of the Post-Mauryan era.

This made to Indian society during the Ancient period. A hallmark of the Mahayana was the Ancient India is a compact work, and given the evolution of the Buddha from a religious teacher to a mighty chronological span of time covered it is natural that there spiritual being through the Bodhisattva doctrine. Within would be areas that could have received greater coverage.

In Chapter 1 while Jha cults, leading to several important changes in beliefs. While D. Kosambi the Post-Mauryan period.


Sharma Ram Saran Sharma. In his coverage of the Harappan He highlights that, in contrast with the Mauryan Empire, Civilisation in Chapter 2 Jha only obliquely references the Gupta did not seem to have a large professional army.

Assertions that the Harappan civilisation was far less centralised than the Maurya. Indeed, over the was in fact Indo-Aryan have also been made, attempting lifetime of the empire, administration throughout the Gupta to make Vedic civilisation native to India, provides an polity began to decentralise as extensive land grants to additional element to this controversy that Jha does not priests, royal officials, and feudatories transferred portions discuss.

In Chapter 4 the reviewer wishes that Jha had spent of Imperial authority with the grants. While slavery as an greater space discussing the religious beliefs of Jainism institution weakened during the Gupta period, serfdom and Buddhism, since as they stand the discussion is rather Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology No. While Jha provides some brief Krishna Mohan Shrimali.

New Delhi: Tulika Books, Mauryan India.

While Jha does not Irfan Habib. New in the introduction that he is not primarily concerned with Delhi: Tulia Books, Society and 6- 8 is extremely perfunctory and does not truly provide Culture in Post-Mauryan India c. New Delhi: enough context for the administrative and economic analysis Tulika Books, While ten-fold-out maps have been provided, A.

A Concise History of Ancient India. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi: Lotus Press, detail. Though not based on the most recent scholarship, fact that this 3rd edition is essentially the 2nd edition with a this book is a lucid, balanced interpretation of the past that new epilogue.

Any emendations Jha made are minor, leaving provides ample coverage to social and economic history, as the text practically unaltered from the publication and well as political. This is particularly R. A thematic approach to chapters for publication in Early India: A Concise History in specific concepts, models, or frameworks used in interpreting New Delhi: Oxford superseded by newer publications that came out after the 2nd University Press, A chronological synthesis of Ancient edition in In particular, R.

Readable, concise and well laid out Sharma in some places greater clarity. On the whole, this is a good introduction to ancient Romilia Thapar. Inexpensive, well-bound, and quite readable World History course.

However, the decision to not update Thapar shortened the chronological span of the book, while the text from the 2nd edition is disappointing and reduces the expanding and rewriting the entirety.

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An Historical Atlas of the Indian Peninsula. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. Chopra, B. Puri, M. Das, A.

The downfall in trade dealt a crippling blow to money economy and urban way of life. This indirectly led to resistance from peasants and artisans. Sharma surmises that the working class might have withheld payment of taxes and grain to the state.

Mingled with this sorry state of affairs on the economic front was the admission of many new tribes into the caste system. This upheaval is said to be the historical event that led thinkers in ancient India to remark this period as the beginning of Kali Yuga, where righteousness is eclipsed and mixing of castes take place.

But everything was not bleak. The golden age of Hinduism was yet to be staged in the form of Gupta dynasty which lasted years from the 4th to 6th centuries.

Literary gems like Kalidasa and Bhasa adorned their courts. Sanskrit took its place as the state language everywhere of consequence in the subcontinent.


As the supply of coins dwindled, numerous land grants took its place. Instead of payment in coins, priests and royal officials were assigned land from which they were permitted to extract revenue in the form of agricultural produce. The grandees were also entrusted with administering justice in the area. Feudalism was about to begin its long march to the Middle Ages. However, the book stops short of this.

As noted earlier, leftist historians are hell bent on expounding Marxian ideas as age-old truth. They always try to score a point in present-day political discourse by cherry-picking historical facts which suit their cause.

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The author seems to be obsessed with proving that ancient Indians ate meat. They may or may not have eaten beef or pork, but why the point needs to be hammered home on the minds of children, for whom this was a text book?

See the reflexive recoil from asserting that pork was widely eaten? This is another characteristic of the leftist historian who pampers Muslim sensitivities. Then again, on p.He feels no compunction to lambast the ideas of the political party which is opposed to his leftist ideals, without an iota of evidence to prove his point.

Jha takes especial Parthians, the most important movement was that of the aim at Indian historians who see the Gupta period as a sort of Kushana in the early 1st century AD. As noted earlier, leftist historians are hell bent on expounding Marxian ideas as age-old truth.

I loved the summary provided at the end of each chapter Should be read by anyone who has some interest in knowing about our rich heritage. The chronological summary at the end of each chapter is excellent.

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