The Oxford India Kosambi: Combined Methods in Indology and Other Writings

Hardcover | January 5, 2009

byD. D. KosambiEditorBrajadulal Chattopadhyaya

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The Oxford India Collection is a series which brings together writings of enduring value published by OUP.This book examines rare and scattered essays, notes and reviews of D.D. Kosambi. He introduced pioneering perspectives and methods in Indological studies, written and published over almost thirty years. These writings cover an enormous range: text-edition and philology, religion, historicalreconstruction, archaeology and anthropology, considerations of method, and so on. Together they reflect an integrated framework which, in Kosambi's own characterization, was Marxist. Many of Kosambi's seminal ideas were worked out in great depth in these scholarly articles; published in differentjournals, in India and abroad, they have long remained outside the reach even of experts. By attempting to be a comprehensive anthology, the collection will for the first time enable readers to sample the versatility of Kosambi's work.The introduction by B.D. Chattopadhyaya explores the genesis, range, and significance of Kosambi's writings.

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The Oxford India Collection is a series which brings together writings of enduring value published by OUP.This book examines rare and scattered essays, notes and reviews of D.D. Kosambi. He introduced pioneering perspectives and methods in Indological studies, written and published over almost thirty years. These writings cover an enor...

The Late D.D. Kosambi taught at Banaras Hindu University, Aligarh Muslim University, and Fergusson College, Pune, before joining the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya is retired Professor of Ancient Indian History, Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:880 pagesPublished:January 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Editorial Preface and AcknowledgementsNew IntroductionIntroduction1. Combined Methods in Indology2. Living Prehistory in India3. On a Marxist Approach to Indian Chronology4. Stages of Indian History5. The Vedic 'Five Tribes'6. Early Brahmins and Brahminism7. On the Origin of Brahmin Gotras8. Development of the Gotra System9. Brahmin Clans10. Early Stages of the Caste System in Northern India11. The Beginning of the Iron Age in India12. Ancient Kosala and Magadha13. The Line of Arthasastra Teachers14. Kaniska and the Sake Era15. The Working Class in the Amarakosa16. Origins of Feudalism in Kashmir17. The Basis of Ancient Indian History (I)18. The Basis of Ancient Indian History (II)19. The Autochthonous Element in the Mahabharata20. The Avatara Syncretism and Possible Sources of the Bhagvad-Gita21. The Historical Krishna22. The Study of Ancient Indian Tradition23. Pierced Microliths from the Deccan Plateau24. Megaliths in the Poona District25. Prehistoric Rock Engravings Near Poona26. Staple 'Grains' in the Western Deccan27. Dhenukakata28. The Buddhist Caves of Western India29. Notes on the Kandahar Edict of Asoka30. Indian Feudal Trade Charters31. An Inscription at Palasdev of Saka 107932. Asokan Pillar: Banaras Mystery33. Scientific Numismatics34. 'Indo-Aryan' Nose Index35. On the Authorship of Satakatrayi36. Some Extant Versions of Bhartrhari's Satakas37. The Parvasamgraha of the Mahabharata38. Parvasamgraha Figures for the Bhismaparvan of the Mahabharata39. The Sanskrit Equivalents of Two Pali Words40. The Text of the Arthasastra41. The Cintamanisaranika of Dasabala42. The Quality of Renunciation in Bhartrhari's Poetry43. Introducing Vidyakara's Subhasitaratnakosa44. The Emergence of National Characteristics Among Three Indo-European Peoples45. Race and Immunity in India46. Caste and Class in India47. Geldner's Rgveda48. Marxism and Ancient Indian Culture49. What Constitutes Indian History50. The Basis of Despotism51. On the Development of Feudalism in India52. Primitive Communism53. On Valid Tests of Linguistic Hypotheses54. At the Crossroads: A Study of Mother-Goddess Cult SitesArchaeological Review 1Archaeological Review 2Bio-note