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Historical Place Names of Madhya Pradesh: A Dictionary

R K Sharma (Author) Shambhu Dayal Guru (Author)

The study of ‘Toponymy’—a branch of ’Onomastics’ is one which is related to tracing the origin, history and culture of a particular place on the basis of its name which itself is an expression of the intellectual genius and cultural tendencies of the local people. When taken up on a regional level, it helps throw light not only at the roots of history and culture but on such varied aspects like tribal migrations, linguistics, religious traditions, myths and legends, folklore and other aspects of the intangible heritage of the region concerned. The present book is an attempt to study such places of Madhya Pradesh which are historically and culturally significant. The places so studied have been arranged alphabetically in the form of a Dictionary which will be a source book of ready reference for research scholars as well as lay readers alike in reconstruction of characteristics, history and cultural traditions of the state. References to the original sources have been provided for each entry.


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About the authors

R K Sharma

Dr. R.K. Sharma (b. 1932), Convener, INTACH, Jabalpur Chapter is Retd. Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology and Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jabalpur. Author of more than two dozen books and over one hundred research papers published in reputed research journals, his contributions to the cause of Indian archaeology in general and archaeology of Madhya Pradesh in particular are widely acclaimed. His academic achievements have led the Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quaternary Studies (Pune) to institute a Life-time Achievement Award in his name entitled ’Professor R.K. Sharma Award for Excellence in Archaeology’ which is given to deserving archaeologists of the country bi-annually. He is recipient of ’Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Srijan Samman’ (2009) of the Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Shambhu Dayal Guru

Dr. Shambhu Dayal Guru (b. 1929) is Retd. Director of District Gazetteers as well as of the State Achieves of Madhya Pradesh government. Author of three books and editor of more than two dozen monographs on Freedom Movement and History, he has contributed over 300 articles on various aspects of the history and culture of Madhya Pradesh in reputed journals. A founder member of Madhya Pradesh Itihasa Parishad (1956), he was also its President and Secretary and Editor of its journal several times. He has been honoured by several organisations including M.P. Freedom Fighters’ Trust, Jabalpur University, Bundelkhand Virasat Academy and M.P. Rashtrabhasha Samiti.

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Title Historical Place Names of Madhya Pradesh: A Dictionary
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 978817305644
length xvi+248p., 22cm x 28cm.