Ancient Indian social history : some interpretations by Romila Thapar

By Romila Thapar

A suite Of Papers That translates Afresh, identified evidence in regards to the Early interval Of Indian background as much as the top Of the 1st Millennium advert. The Papers talk about a number of linked issues akin to Society And faith, Social class And Mobility And The research Of local heritage. an invaluable Reference publication For Postgraduate scholars Of historical past.

Show description

Read or Download Ancient Indian social history : some interpretations PDF

Similar historical study & educational resources books

Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases A Practical Handbook Of Pertinent Expressions,


Wasteland with Words: A Social History of Iceland

Iceland is an enigmatic island nation marked by means of contradiction: it’s part of Europe, but separated from it through the Atlantic Ocean; it’s possible inhospitable, but domestic to greater than 300,000. barren region with phrases explores those paradoxes to discover the secret of Iceland. In barren region with phrases Sigurdur Gylfi Magnússon provides a wide-ranging and specific research of the island’s heritage that examines the evolution and transformation of Icelandic tradition whereas investigating the literary and old elements that created the wealthy cultural background loved by way of Icelanders this present day.

Ceremonies of possession in Europe’s conquest of the New World, 1492-1640

This paintings of comparative heritage, first released in 1996, explores the array of ceremonies that Europeans played to mark their taking ownership of the hot international. Frenchmen reproduced the grandeur of royal processions anywhere attainable, regularly finishing in discussion with the indigenous peoples. Spaniards made solemn speeches ahead of launching army assaults.

Extra info for Ancient Indian social history : some interpretations

Sample text

Stedman-Jones, ‘The Pathology of English History’, in The New L eft Review, p. 46 (1967). 21. Cunningham was appointed Archaeological Surveyor in 1892. It was, however, not until 1901 that the Archaeological Survey of India received a real boost owing to the interest of the then viceroy, Lord Curzon. 22. The Early History of the Dekkan ([Bom bay], 1894); A Peep into the Early History o f India (Bombay, 1920). 23. H. C. Raychaudhuri, The Political History of Ancient India (Calcutta, 1923); K. P.

The nationalist phase also saw considerable interest in the study of ancient Indian political theory. The dominant themes were the status and role o f the king, the channels o f political representation, the function of the bureaucracy, and the distribution o f power. The understanding o f the theory o f kingship in ancient India had been coloured in the Interpretations 21 nineteenth century by the concept o f the divinity o f kingship, based on the evidence from the Ancient Near East. This concept was rather arbitrarily extended to Indian kingship, together with the political corollary of a lack of representative institutions and the concentration of power with the king.

3 In time, the references to jana ( ‘tribe’ ) decreased and those to jâ ti increased, until in Buddhist literature jâ ti is Ethics, Religion, and Social Protest 43 used in the sense of caste, implying an endogamous kinship group, ranked in a list o f specialized occupations and service relationships reflecting an increase in social stratification. The bi-polarity of purity and pollution remained an import­ ant characteristic of the classification by varpja, but this classification was of a more theoretical kind involving initially four (brâhmana, ksatriya, vaiéya, and éüdra) and subsequently five (with the addition o f the pancamma or ‘untouchable’ ) groups in society, and eventually became more closely related to ritual than to social status.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.41 of 5 – based on 32 votes