Review originally posted in Abby's Shelf: The book was a real eye opener for me. Her presentation of history is accurate and detailed. A History Volume 1:
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On the plus side, names and dates of dynasties and wars, descriptions of terms of art found in each period's texts, and a brief fleshing out of technological and religious advances. From the Origins to AD Her bias against Vedic Brahmanism is obvious and you have to apply that filter.
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The author frequently referred to geographic areas of India which I couldn't place in my head the maps were This book may have all the information one might require for a general survey of India before the coming of the Mughals and the Portuguese, but the style is listless and documentary.
Chinese scholars visiting INdia were all praise for the country? But once Buddhism became firmly established, rich merchants gave lavish endowments to the monasteries, freeing them of the need to live close to people. Thapar provides a tour of the arrival of the Aryans in India, Alexander's raid, the Mauryan empire and the interregnum that followed its collapse, the classical age of the Guptas, the southern Indian empires, the early Sultanate period, up to the demise of Vijayanagar.
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In exploring subjects as diverse as marriage, class, art, erotica, and astronomy, Thapar provides an incomparably vivid and nuanced picture of India. She had written a somewhat leftist though not strictly Marxist version of ancient and early medivial Indian History. I would recommend to Romila Thapar that she should revise it.
But her metier is in the content of her writing and not the form.
She does a good job of clearing a lot of misconceptions that are prevalent about Indian history. Nov 20, Moureen rated it it was amazing. Aug 26, Aswin rated it really liked it. A history of India upto AD introducing the beginnings of India's cultural dynamics. North and South India evolved separately and this has been clearly shown in the book as well. A Beginner's History Kindle Edition.
Also surprising was the check of a king's power through local village and town heads. It reports the dazzling I'm not saying Thapar's book is or is not the best thalar to Indian history, but the criticism of the book as Marxist is unfair.
Thapar takes the opportunity to mention that "brahmans" as she spells it counter to convention, were the recipients of land grants from the rulers. Retrieved 11 July She is not famous among Hindutava circle because her work stands between their ambition to distort the past and depress the present with religious flavor. Click here Would you like to report this content as inappropriate?
The author drones on, page after page, enumerating facts some often repeated throughout the book and giving her view on how certain events may be interpreted. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. I don't know how much I'll retain, but again, that's more my problem than anyone else's.
Table Of Contents Acknowledgements Preface 1. The book discusses economic developments, but not in a heavy-handed way and without detracting from the more prominently discussed political history.
What I want to know is, is she telling me something, or is she guessing? I really appreciated the thoughtful structuring: D To ca Penguin claims this book "brings Indian History to life".