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Cultural pasts : essays in early Indian history

Author: Romila Thapar
Publisher: New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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Genre/Form: History
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Thapar, Romila.
Cultural pasts.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)603902976
Online version:
Thapar, Romila.
Cultural pasts.
New Delhi ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(OCoLC)609507701
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Romila Thapar
ISBN: 0195640500 9780195640502
OCLC Number: 42700483
Description: xi, 1156 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. Historiography --
1. Ideology and the Interpretation of Early Indian History --
2. Durkheim and Weber on Theories of Society and Race Relating to Pre-colonial India --
3. The Contribution of D. D. Kosambi to Indology --
4. Early India: An Overview --
5. Regional History: The Punjab --
6. Regional History with Reference to the Konkan --
7. Society and Historical Consciousness: The Itihasa-purana Tradition --
8. Historical Consciousness in Early India --
9. Antecedents, Religious Sanctions and Political Legitimation in the Ladakh Chronicles --
II. Social and Cultural Transactions --
10. The Oral and the Written in Early India --
11. Dissent and Protest in the Early Indian Tradition --
12. The Image of the Barbarian in Early India --
III. Archaeology and History --
13. A Possible Identification of Meluhha, Dilmun and Makan --
14. Society in Ancient India: The Formative Period --
15. The Archaeological Background to the Agnicayana Ritual --
16. Archaeological Artifacts and Literary Data: An Attempt at Co-relation --
IV. Pre-Mauryan and Mauryan India --
17. The Evolution of the State in the Ganga Valley in the Mid-first Millennium BC --
18. The Early History of Mathura: Up to and Including the Mauryan Period --
19. State Weaving-Shops of the Mauryan Period --
20. Asoka and Buddhism as Reflected in the Asokan Edicts --
21. Literacy and Communication: Some Thoughts on the Inscriptions of Asoka --
22. Epigraphic Evidence and Some Indo-Hellenistic Contacts During the Mauryan Period --
23. The Mauryas Revisited --
i. Towards the Definition of an Empire: The Mauryan State --
ii. Text and Context: Megasthenes and the Seven Castes --
V. Forms of Exchange --
24. Dana and Daksina as Forms of Exchange --
25. Indian Views of Europe: Representations of the Yavanas in Early Indian History --
26. Black Gold: South Asia and the Roman Maritime Trade --
27. Patronage and the Community --
VI. Of Heroes and History --
28. The Historian and the Epic --
29. Some Aspects of the Economic Data in the Mahabharata --
30. The Ramayana: Theme and Variation --
31. Death and the Hero --
32. As Long as the Moon and the Sun Endure --
VII. Genealogies and Origin Myths as Historical Sources --
33. Genealogical Patterns as Perceptions of the Past --
34. Origin Myths and the Early Indian Historical Tradition --
35. Clan, Caste and Origin Myths in Early India --
36. The Mouse in the Ancestry --
VIII. The Renouncer in a Social Context --
37. Sacrifice, Surplus, and the Soul --
38. Ideology, Society and the Upanisads --
39. Ethics, Religion and Social Protest in the First Millennium BC in Northern India --
40. Renunciation: The Making of a Counter-culture? --
41. The Householder and the Renouncer in the Brahmanical and Buddhist Traditions --
42. Millenarianism and Religion in Early India --
IX. The Present in the Past --
43. Imagined Religious Communities? Ancient History and the Modern Search for a Hindu Identity --
44. The Tyranny of Labels --
45. Secularism and History --
46. Syndicated Hinduism --
47. A Historical Perspective on the Story of Rama --
48. The Ramayana Syndrome --
49. The Defence of the Variant --
50. The Politics of Religious Communities --
51. The Theory of Aryan Race and India: History and Politics.
Responsibility: Romila Thapar.
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