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India : the ancient past : a history of the Indian sub-continent from c. 7000 BC to AD 1200

Author: Burjor Avari
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"A clear and systematic introduction to the story of the Indian past from early pre-history up until the beginning of the second millennium, this survey provides a fascinating account of the early development of Indian culture and civilisation. The study covers topics such as the Harappan Civilisation, the rise of Hindu culture, the influx of Islam from the eighth to the twelfth century, and key empires, states and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Burjor Avari
ISBN: 0415356156 9780415356152 0415356164 9780415356169 9780203088500 0203088506
OCLC Number: 71322340
Description: xviii, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
From Africa to Mehrgarh : the early pre-history of India --
The Harappan Civilisation --
The Indo-Aryans in the Vedic Age --
Formative centuries of the pre-Mauryan era --
The paradox of Mauryan imperialism --
Diffusion and dynamism after the Mauryas --
Stability and change under the imperial Guptas --
The post-Gupta era and the rise of the south --
Regionalism and feudalism : Rajput, Pala and Rashtrakuta kingdoms --
Chola domination in the south and Turco-Afghan plunder in the north.
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Presents the story of the development and establishment of India's culture and civilization from early pre-history through to the early second millennium. This work includes topics such as Harappan  Read more...

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