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Thapar, Romila

Works: 182 works in 672 publications in 6 languages and 8,163 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: DS436, 934
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Most widely held works about Romila Thapar
Most widely held works by Romila Thapar
A history of India by Romila Thapar( Book )

117 editions published between 1965 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1 traces the history of India up to contact with modern Europe in the sixteenth century. Volume 2 covers the history of India up to the reign of Nehru
Aśoka and the decline of the Mauryas by Romila Thapar( Book )

68 editions published between 1958 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 774 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An authoritative work, Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas is based largely on the edicts of Asoka, whose policies are analysed against the background of Mauryan civilization during the third and fourth centuries BC. This was one of the most important periods of Indian history which saw the emergence of a pattern that throws much light on the later developments of Indian civilization. The author offers an interpretation of Asoka's connection with Buddhism and shows how he was able to make use of a general movement of social and spiritual change for the political and moral integration of his empire."--Jacket
Early India : from the origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond hate( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the experiences of world figures, gang leaders, and young people trying to cope with violence in their lives, Beyond hate chronicles the impact of hate on its victims, and probes its many dimensions. Moyers listens to those gripped by hatred and those victimized by it. He also focuses on individuals and groups who are working to move beyond hatred to achieve tolerance and acceptance
Interpreting early India by Romila Thapar( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From lineage to state : social formations in the mid-first millennium B.C. in the Ganga Valley by Romila Thapar( Book )

11 editions published between 1984 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author attempts to define Indian society in the crucial period of the mid-first millennium BC and examines the change that took place from a lineage-based society to the establishment of state systems, taking into account the emergence of a peasant economy and the process of urbanization
Somanatha : the many voices of a history by Romila Thapar( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1029, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni raided the Hindu temple of Somanatha (Somnath in textbooks of the colonial period). The story of the raid finds little mention except in the Turko-Persian sources but becomes a major event of Indian history during the raj. It was first depicted as a trauma for the Hindu population not in India, but in the House of Commons. The triumphalist accounts of the event in Turco-Persian sources became the main source for most 19th-century historians. It suited some and also helped the British to divide and rule a multi-millioned subcontinent." "In her new book, Romila Thapar reconstructs what took place by studying other sources, including local Sanskrit inscriptions, biographies of kings and merchants of the period, court epics and popular narratives that have survived. The result undermines the traditional version of what took place. These findings also contest the current Hindu religious nationalism that constantly utilises the conventional version of this history."--Jacket
Cultural pasts : essays in early Indian history by Romila Thapar( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ancient Indian social history : some interpretations by Romila Thapar( Book )

19 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Śakuntalā : texts, readings, histories by Romila Thapar( Book )

15 editions published between 1999 and 2011 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The figure of Sakuntala appears in many forms throughout South Asian literature, most famously in the Mahabharata and in Kalidisa's fourth century Sanskrit play, Sakuntala and the Ring of Recollection. In these two texts, Sakuntala undergoes a critical transformation, relinquishing her assertiveness and autonomy to become the quintessentially submissive woman, revealing much about the performance of Hindu femininity that came to dominate South Asian culture. Through a careful analysis of sections from Sakuntala and their various iterations in different contexts
The past before us : historical traditions of early north India by Romila Thapar( Book )

11 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: 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. Romila Thapar, distinguished scholar of ancient India, provides a panoramic survey of historical traditions in North India
History and beyond by Romila Thapar( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Situating Indian history : for Sarvepalli Gopal by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya( Book )

4 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition, dissent and ideology : essays in honour of Romila Thapar( Book )

6 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

India revisited : conversations on contemporary India by Ramin Jahanbegloo( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In India Revisited, Ramin Jahanbegloo converses with twentyseven leading India personalities-social scientists, journalists, activists, artists, and sports persons-to gain an understanding of contemporary Indian society. Breaking new ground in the East-East dialogue, this book reveals that something more than economic wealth, political power, and technological ambition is needed to combat corruption, poverty, and inequality in India. This, for all of Jahanbeglioo's interviewees, is in line with the the social thinking of great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, and the strength of the pluralistic Indian religious and cultural framework. India Revisited gives a one-of-a-kind view of contemporary India, seen through the eyes of those who have engaged ith the country, her people, and culture through their work and lives
Time as a metaphor of history : early India by Romila Thapar( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has long been maintained that the only concept of time known to early India was cyclic. This in part accounts for the Indian denial of history, since a sense of history is based on linear time. This study sets the argument in the context of links between time and history. It indicates the existence of linear time in Indian texts, such as genealogies, biographies, and chronicles, where time-reckoning was recorded through generations, regnal years and eras. It is suggested that cyclic and linear time were both used, but that their functions differed. Cyclic time occurs frequently in cosmological contexts and linear time in historical sources. The author argues that historical consciousness existed in early India
The Penguin history of early India : from the origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Incorporating the vast changes in knowledge developed during her lifetime, the author tells the story of this great civilization - one based on diverse, often warring sources - and the buildings and beliefs that are its legacy
Krishna's mandala : Bhagavata religion and beyond by D. Dennis Hudson( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This posthumous volume brings together seminal essays by one of the foremost American scholars on the religions of India. Exploring the ancient Indian milieu with an innate sense of mandala, 'the surround', D. Dennis Hudson's writings constantly engaged with the core of Bhagavata dharma -- Krishna as preceptor and lover in the real world. Hudson was driven by a desire to understand how this ancient vision of Vishnu's forceful, subtle activity managed to stay alive in south India as rulers, poets, and ordinary people changed. This collection is divided into three parts. The first part, 'Tales of Two Cities', deals with the physical, conceptual, ritual, and moral layouts of two ancient Tamil capitals -- Madurai and Kanchipuram. The second, 'Reading Bhagavata Texts -- Temples and Tomes', proposes radical interpretations of two familiar texts, the Bhagavad-Gita and the Bhagavata Purana, and shows how they connect to temple architecture. The final section, 'Andal and the Sri Vaishnava World', explores the connections between Bhagavata religion and gender, underlining the example of Andal, the only woman Alvar saint. In the introduction, John Stratton Hawley highlights the crosscurrents in Dennis Hudson's writings and situates this collection in the larger context of Hudson's academic and personal world. The foreword by Romila Thapar depicts a vigorous, passionate scholar 'not driven by scholarship alone'."--Jacket
Recent perspectives of early Indian history( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contributed articles
Communalism and the writing of Indian history by Romila Thapar( Book )

15 editions published between 1969 and 1999 in English and Malayalam and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revised version of papers presented at a seminar organised by All India Radio in October 1968
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Early India : from the origins to AD 1300
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Romil Thapar

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Thāpar, Romīlā 1931-

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Aśoka and the decline of the MauryasEarly India : from the origins to AD 1300Interpreting early IndiaSomanatha : the many voices of a historyCultural pasts : essays in early Indian historyAncient Indian social history : some interpretationsŚakuntalā : texts, readings, historiesHistory and beyond