Rethinking India's Past by R. S. SharmaRethinking India's Past by R. S. Sharma

Rethinking India's Past

byR. S. Sharma

Paperback | July 1, 2010

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This volume explores the key aspects of early Indian history - political ideas and institutions; economic patterns and developments; and social orders and practices. Covering a long span - from the Vedic period to twelfth century AD - it explores the linkages between social formations andmodes of production. It also examines the transition from ancient to medieval, underlining the accompanying socio-economic changes and the characteristic of the early medieval period. The book provides an incisive account of ancient social formations underscoring themes like oriental despotism,position of the sudras, feudalism, urban decay, and the sati. Using a rich array of literary and archaeological source material as well as linguistic and tribal studies, this book will be useful for undergraduate students and teachers of ancient Indian history.
R.S. Sharma is Professor Emeritus of History, University of Patna.
Title:Rethinking India's PastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:July 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198068298

ISBN - 13:9780198068297


Table of Contents

Publisher's NoteIntroduction: Looking at Ancient Social Formations1. Sources and Review of Early Socio-Economic History2. Exploiting History Through Archaeology3. Writings on Early Indian Polity4. Studies in Ancient Polity5. Early Story of Oriental Despotism: A Critique6. Writings on Sudras7. Historiography of the Ancient Social Order8. Light on Sati System9. Some Western Views on the State and Economy in Early India10. Mode of Production in Ancient India11. Stages in Ancient Economy12. Transition from Ancient to Medieval13. Introducing Early Medieval Indian Society14. How Feudal was Indian Feudalism15. Historical Archaeology and Urban Decay16. Social Changes in Early Medieval India (c. AD 500-1200)17. Need for an Integrated Approach18. Main Trends in Indian History19. From Kin to Class20. Rahula Sanskrityayana and Social Changes21. Rethinking the PastIndex