The history of India has been written and rewritten several times, each time with a different context. Historical narratives act as a powerful vehicle of culture and tradition from generation to generation. Therefore it is essential to give an authentic narrative of India s past using all the new evidence which has surfaced through archaeological excavation in the Indus-Sarasvati region. Researches in the field of ecology, natural history and genetics have given us enough pointers enabling us to write a fairly accurate history of Ancient India. This book ties up all this new evidence with the internal evidence from the literary sources. Discarding several theories and assumptions, it focuses attention on the contributions of Indian civilization and culture to mankind. It is a comprehensive work highlighting those historical events and developments which left significant impact on the heritage of mankind. Presented in a non invasionist model, this book attempts to reclaim the accurate chronology of Ancient Indian history and do away with many myths and prevailing misconceptions surrounding it. Supplemented by numerous photographs and illustrations of ancient relics, inscriptions and maps, it makes an interesting read meant for students and general readers. Contents: Foreword Acknowledgments Preface List of Maps Abbreviations SECTION ONE Historiography Science of Historiography Questions of Approach Sources of History and Historical Evidence Honesty in Sifting Evidence and Problems of Interpretation SECTION TWO Origin of Civilization and the Rise of Early Dynasties Geography of India Beginnings of Indian Civilization and European Time Frame Submerged Cities and Advanced Civilizations in Ancient India Homeland of Early Indian The Vedic Age Vedic Age and the Technologically Advanced Indus-Sarasvati Civilization Vedic Religion Hinduism Indian Culture Indian Society and the Varna Dharma The Age of Epics The Rise of Buddhism and Jainism Zoroastrianism The Age of Assimilation and Expansion of Ideas SECTION THREE Ancient India during 600 B.C. to 1000 A.D. The Rise of Magadha Empire The Invasion of Alexander and its Impact The Maurya Dynasty Intervening Period and the Kushana Era The Gupta Period Invasion by Huns and Rise of the Vardhana Dynasty Pratiharas, Paramaras, Palas India s Contributions to the World of Ideas The Contributions of Ancient India to the Civilization of Mankind History of Medicine and Surgery in Ancient India The Science of Ayurveda Impact of Indian Culture and Indian Civilization Music, Dance and Drama in Ancient India Women in Ancient India SECTION FOUR History of Southern India Early History The Satvahana Dynasty of Western India The Kadamba Dynasty The Ganga Dynasty The Chalukyas of Badami The Pallava Dynasty The Rashtrakuta Dynasty The Imperial Cholas and Pandyas Kalinga and Odisha Contributions of Southern India Epilogue Bibliography Glossary index
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Kamlesh Kapur, an educator and researcher, has a Masters in Economics from Punjab University, and a Masters in Education from St. John s University, USA. She was among the first twenty women to be directly selected in the Indian Central Services. Kamlesh Kapur has had a long association with secondary school students. For over twenty years she taught World History and Global cultures using various prescribed textbooks. After completing a comprehensive review of the Indian history sections of these textbooks, she found numerous inaccuracies and outdated theories. She spearheaded the movement for correcting the content and developing an appropriate program of study based on recent discoveries emanating from various fields of research. She has a long term commitment for preparing young students for multiethnic demography in all the countries. She has also prepared lessons and techniques for teaching subjects such as Cultural Diversity, Pluralism and Multiculturalism.
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Book Description Sterling Publishers Private Limited, 2010. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M8120749103