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1 Romila Thapar
Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations
Orient BlackSwan; New Delhi, India; 2004; 812500808X / 9788125008088; Reprint; Paperback; New; 
A collection of papers that interprets afresh, known facts about the early period of Indian history up to the end of the first millennium AD. The papers discuss several associated themes such as society and religion, social classification and mobility and the study of regional history. A useful reference book for postgraduate students of History. Printed Pages: 396. 031674

Price: 12.50 USD
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2 Romila Thapar
Cultural Transaction and Early India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 0195633644 / 9780195633641; First Edition; Paperback; New; 

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3 Romila Thapar
From Lineage to State: Social Formations of the Mid-First Millennium BC in the Ganga Valley
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 1999; 0-19562676-3; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
This is an attempt to define Indian society in the crucial period of the mid-first millennium BC and in the seminal area of the Ganges Valley. It examines the major change from a lineage-based society to the establishment of state systems, and takes into account the emergence of a peasant economy and the process of urbanization. Printed Pages: 198 with 1 map. 012110

Price: 4.25 USD
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4 Romila Thapar
History and Beyond: Comprising Interpreting Early India; Time as a Metaphor of History; Cultural Transaction and Early India and From Lineage to State
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2004; 0195668324 / 9780195668322; First Paperback Edition; Paperback; New; New; 
These four books are on seemingly discrete and different aspects of early Indian history, yet they are interconnected. Historiography links many facets, concerned as it is with interpretations of the past. In recent years historical interpretation has drawn on other disciplines and this is evident in Interpreting Early India. The subject is history, but the discussions in this work move beyond history to provide a glimpse of explorations of new historical territories relating to early India. Time, it is argued in Time as a Metaphor of History, is an essential component of a historical perspective. Societies have varying forms of time, depending on function and perceptions. Conventional attempts to assign these particular forms of time - either cyclical or linear - have now been questioned. The most meaningful understanding of time and history is to view time at the intersection of the cyclic and the linear within the same society. Cultural Transaction suggests alternative ways of assessing the early Indian tradition. Using more recent concepts of culture and tradition, it distances itself from the static notion of fixed traditions and exclusive high cultures. From Lineage to State discusses the history of north India from about 1000 to 400 BC. Moving away from conventional treatments of this period, it attempts to locate the processes of state formation and social configuration. The evidence, both literary and archaeological, is linked, using a comparative framework, with studies of similar societies from other sources in order to suggest a multifaceted reconstruction of this history. Printed Pages: 496. 000457

Price: 8.45 USD
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5 Romila Thapar
India: Another Millennium?
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 0670896454 / 9780670896455; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
The concept of the millennium encompasses a sense of progress and the hope for a better future. Pursuing this notion, the present collection of essays edited by Romila Thapar, and accompanied by her introduction, explores the challenges before twenty-first-century India in its quest for a democratic and just society. Globalization and the revolution in information technology provide a new context to the problems faced in contemporary times by Indians. But will globalization ensure rapid economic growth and development in the face of low literacy, rising population, the gradual withdrawal of the State from social commitments and the hesitant formation of a responsible civil society? Will imitation westernization and the consumerism that comes with it, further a just society? Political institutions will require strengthening in order to manage the delicate balance of democracy. What are the strains that it will be subjected to in the struggles for empowerment by groups currently marginalized, and the growing social and economic disparities, accompanied by violence and terrorism? How will Indiaís multiculturism be affected by the upsurge of various identities and the attempts of exclusionist nationalism to play a hegemonic role? Will the family as an institution be transformed to enhance gender justice? Will India become a world-class IT player? Will new technology ensure the autonomy of the media, where such an autonomy can become a pre-requisite for democratic functioning? Can the mauling of the Indian landscape be halted? Fourteen of Indiaís foremost scholars and specialists in various fields reflect upon these diverse issues in the essays collected here. Thought provoking and incisive, displaying an optimism tempered with caution, the essays in this collection are by Bina Agarwal, Javeed Alam, Kaushik Basu, Rustom Bharucha, Dipankar Gupta, Gopal Guru, Sunil Khilnani, Krishna Kumar, N.R. Narayana Murthy, Prabhat Patnaik, Dhruv Raina, N.Ram, Mahesh Rangarajan and P.Sainath. Covering a large canvas, India: Another Millennium? compels us to look at the hard choices before India in the early decades of this millennium. With essays by: Bina Agarwal Javeed Alam Kaushik Basu Rustom Bharucha Dipankar Gupta Gopal Guru Sunil Khilnani Krishna Kumar N.R. Narayana Murthy Prabhat Patnaik Dhruv Raina N. Ram Mahesh Rangarajan P. Sainath 001289

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6 Romila Thapar
Indian Tales
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 1991; 0140348115 / 9780140348118; First Edition; Paperback; New; New; 
An exciting and entertaining collection of stories, full of the colour and enchantment of India. These sixteen tales-of heroes and heroines, their adventures, misfortunes and triumphs, of gods and demons, and of animals-have been told to generations of people who have laughed or shed tears over them or pondered on their timeless wisdom. Some stories have a happy ending, others haunt us with their sadness and all of them should delight the young reader. Printed Pages: 104. 002450

Price: 1.90 USD
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7 Romila Thapar
Interpreting Early India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2002; 0195633423 / 9780195633429; Seventh Impression; Paperback; New; 
Printed Pages: 181. 010074

Price: 5.95 USD
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8 Romila Thapar
Readings in Early Indian History
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 0198083769 / 9780198083764; Paperback; New; 
This book discusses the period from 1000 BC to the end of the sixth century AD. Divided into five thematic sections, the first section discusses questions like perceptions, historical consciousness, and approaches to the study of ancient Indian history. The second and third parts give a detailed account of changes in society and economy and the evolution and transformation of the political formations from ancient times. The segment on religion presents information on development in the field of religion and philosophy while the last section underlines changes which paved way for new socio-economic and political formations. The new Introduction updates research on the subject and explains the various themes discussed in the volume. This book is an important reading for teachers, students, and scholars of ancient Indian history. Printed Pages: 560. 037662

Price: 9.75 USD
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9 Romila Thapar
The Past Before Us: Historical Traditions of Early North India
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8178242958 / 9788178242958; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
It has so often been said that Indian civilization lacks historical writing and therefore a sense of history that this notion passes for a truism. There has been little attempt to show up the falsity of the generalization. In the present book a magisterial historiographical survey of every major form within which ancient North Indian history is embedded or evident Romila Thapar shows an intellectually dynamic ancient world profuse with ideas about the past, an arena replete with societies constructing, reconstructing, and contesting various visions of worlds before their own. She argues that to possess history a civilization does not have to reveal writing in forms regarded as belonging to the established genres of history. In fact, a variety of ancient Indian texts reflect a consciousness of history; and, subsequently, there come into existence recognizable historical traditions and forms of historical writing. Both varieties of texts those which reflect a consciousness of history and those which reveal forms of historical writing were deployed to reveal the past, and drawn upon as a cultural, political, religious, or other resource to legitimize an existing social order. The Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itihasa-purana tradition, the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the hagiographical and biographical literature, the inscriptional evidence, a variety of chronicles, and dramatic forms such as the Mudrarakshasa are all scrutinized afresh in this book: not as sources for historical data, but instead as a civilizations many ways of thinking about and writing its history. Printed Pages: 776. 037759

Price: 34.25 USD
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10 Romila Thapar
The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300
Penguin; New Delhi, India; 2003; 0143029894 / 9780143029892; First Edition; Paperback; New; New; 
A largely rewritten version of a classic history of early India concerned not only with the past but also with the interaction of the past and the present. Romila Thaparís Penguin History of Early India brings to life many centuries of the Indian past. Dynastic history provides a chronological frame but the essential thrust of the book is the explanation of the changes in society and economy. The mutation of religious beliefs and practices, the exploration of areas of knowledge in which India excelled, its creative literature, are all woven into a historical context. In this version, the opening chapters explain how the interpretations of early Indian history have changed. Further, although the diversity of sources and their readings are well known, nevertheless, this narrative provides fresh readings and raises new questions. Romila Thapar gives a vivid and nuanced picture of the rich mosaic of varied landscapes, languages, kingdoms and beliefs, and the interaction between these that went into the making of a remarkable civilization. Printed Pages: 592. 016460

Price: 8.95 USD
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