Talking History: Romila Thapar in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo by Ramin JahanbeglooTalking History: Romila Thapar in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo by Ramin Jahanbegloo

Talking History: Romila Thapar in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo

byRamin Jahanbegloo, Romila Thapar

Hardcover | August 10, 2017

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Talking History is the eighth title in the OUP series of Ramin Jahanbegloo's conversations with prominent intellectuals who have influenced modern Indian thought. This volume excavates the life and career of Romila Thapar as a historian and a public intellectual. Her multifaceted work, fromher early research on Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas to her classic studies on the lineage system in India, her questioning of the dominant paradigms of historians from both the colonial era and from the more recent nationalist era to the role of a public intellectual in India, have made herone of the most frequently read, discussed, and cited historians of our times. Across the six parts of the book, Jahanbegloo probes her to talk about some of the central issues of history writing in India, such as the function of a historian, conflict with Hindu fundamentalism, authority in historical research, oriental despotism, and the polymorphous structure of Hinduism, asalso about her life.
Ramin Jahanbegloo is professor and vice dean and executive director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. Romila Thapar is a renowned historian whose area of study is ancient India. She is the professor emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Title:Talking History: Romila Thapar in Conversation with Ramin JahanbeglooFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pagesPublished:August 10, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Thinking History in Critical TimesPart I: From Punjab to London1. A Happy Half-Way2. Religions and Storytelling3. A Secular Environment4. Talking Politics5. Following Gandhi6. Facing Hindu Fundamentalism7. Living with the British8. Reading Novels9. Discovering the Indian Classics10. A Nehruvian Ideal11. A Radical-Minded Student12. Reading Philosophy13. Hollywood or Bollywood?14. Living in London in the 1950s15. Becoming a Historian16. Return to India17. Marx and Marxism18. Stalinism and After19. Teaching at JNUPart II: The Function of the Historian1. Reading the Past2. Is There a Pattern in History?3. What Is a Historical Fact?4. Objectivity in the Work of a Historian5. The Sources in History6. Is History a Single Voice?7. Is Historical Narrative a Rational System?8. Historians and Philosophy of History9. What Is Oral History?10. What Is Historicity?11. A Two Way Process12. Which Authority Festures in Historical Research?13. History and the Greeks14. History and EpicPart III: Modern Writing of Early Indian History1. The Orientalists and the Utilitarians2. What Is Oriental Despotism?3. Kingship or Empire4. India without the British5. Culture of Civilization?6. The Idea of the Indian Nation7. Tradition and Culture in India8. Tradition and Non-Violence9. Going beyond the Blurriness10. Memory and ForgetfulnessPart IV: Lineage and Kingship1. Ashoka: Between the Ethical and the Political2. Ashoka and Gandhi3. Ashoka and Marxist Historians4. History and Charismatic Literature5. Attitude towards Spiritualism and Mysticism6. A Rationalist Historian7. Communal Ideologies in India8. The Role of Archaeology and Anthropology9. Blood, Kinship and Lineage10. History and Political Ideologies11. The Ideas of Hindusim12. The Ideologues of Hindu NationalismPart V: The Historian and the Epic1. Looking at the Epic2. The Historicity of the Epic3. The Two Levels of Temporality4. Concepts of Time5. The Moderns and the Concept of Inevitability6. Linearity and Evolution7. The Heroes and Exile8. Retaliation and Forgiveness9. Tragic Drama in India10. Machiavelli and the ArthashastraPart VI: Shakuntala and Somanatha1. The Historian's Impulse2. Somanatha and Communal Historical Writing3. The Rashomon Effect4. Why Is Somanatha important?5. The Centrality of the Event6. Is There an Indian Marxism?7. New Schools of History Writing8. Looking at the PastAbout the Author