This book describes the earliest ages of human life in India, long before the existence of written records. The monograph is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 treats in brief the geological formation of India. Chapter 2 provides the story of man, first in the global context, and then within India. Chapter 3 describes the coming of agriculture and the beginnings of exploitative relationships. Includes bibliographical notes, tables, maps and figures, which are useful aids in understanding the subjects as well as interesting in themselves.
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Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at the Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian of medieval India.
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Book Description Tulika, New Delhi, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Contents: Preface. I. The formation of India's physical features and natural environment: 1. The geological formation of India. 2. Physical India since the coming of man. 3. Climate. 4. Natural vegetation and wildlife. II. Our early ancestors: 1. The evolution of the human species. 2. Early man in India. 3. The anatomically modern man. 4. The modern human in India. 5. Mesolithic cultures. III. The Neolithic revolution: the coming of agriculture and domestication of animals: 1. Meaning of 'The Neolithic revolution'. 2. The first agricultural communities of the Western Borderland, c. 7000-4000 BC. 3. Towards the Bronze age in the Indus Basin, c. 4000-3200 BC. 4. Rice cultivation and Neolithic cultures of Central and Eastern India, after 3000 BC. 5. The Northern and early Southern Neolithic cultures, after c. 3000 BC. Index. "Prehistory by Irfan Habib describes the earliest ages of human life in India, long before the existence of written records. "It is part of a larger project, a People's History of India, but is also intended to stand alone as an independent monograph. In this monograph, as well as others in the series which will be published successively, the style is sought to be kept simple without making it 'popular', rhetorical or inexact. Use of technical terms is kept to a minimum, and an effort is made to provide a workable explanation of each term at first use. So too, abbreviations are avoided if these would mean nothing to the lay reader. "The monograph is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 treats in brief the geological 76 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 40298