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History of Ancient India: Volume XI: Ancient India's Interrelations with the World

Dilip K. Chakrabarti (Author) History of Ancient India

Ancient India’s interlinks with the outside world have long been understood, but the present volume has focused on their geographical , historical and archaeological frames which result in these interlinks being historically meaningful. In addition, there are two primary studies of the Graeco-Roman sources by a noted Indian scholar of the subject. Attention has been drawn in detail to two major areas —the whole belt of southeast Asia and the Tarim basin of central Asia—where ‘Indianized’ states came up, with both Buddhism and Hinduism being most visible among the ideology of the elite. The closeness of the regions of Khotan, Kashgar and Yarkand with the Indian areas of Kashmir and Ladakh has been highlighted both from the points of view of religious interaction and trade. This landmass as a whole is as much a part of Indian borderlands as of anything else. The volume ends with a brief but clear note on the historical links between India and Tibet.


Editor’s Preface

1. Contacts Between Ancient India and Southeast Asia
— K.T.S. Sarao
2. Greek Authors on Ancient India
— U.P. Arora 
3. Ancient India and the Graeco-Roman World
— U.P. Arora 
4. India’s Overland Links in Asia: A Geopolitical Framework
— Dilip K. Chakrabarti
5. The Inland Frame of India’s Overseas Links: The Coastline, Ports, the Routes Connecting the Ports with the Interior, and the Network of Major Routes in the Background
— Dilip K. Chakrabarti
6. India and Central Asia
— Prabodh Chandra Bagchi
7. India–Tibet Religious Interactive Network: An Outline
— Rupendra Kumar Chattopadhyay & Swati Ray


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About the author

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

Dilip K. Chakrabarti is currently Professor of South Asian Archaeology at Cambridge University. He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77). He taught at the universities of Calcutta (1965-77), Delhi (1977-90), Visvabharati (1980-1) and Jahangirnagar (1988-90), before moving to Cambridge in 1990. He participated in a number of Indian excavations and did some fieldwork in Iran before 1980, but the major focus of his fieldwork since 1980 has been a series of surveys: Kangra Valley (1980), Chotanagpur plateau (1981-7), Bangladesh (1988-90), the Ganga-Yamuna plain from the mouth of the bhagirathi to the hills of Uttaranchal (1991-2001 and 2002-5), the routes linking the Ganga plain with the Deccan (1999-2002) and the ancient routs of the Deccan and the south (2004-6). He is perhaps the only archaeologist to have surveyed the Chotanagpur plateau as a whole. His historical geographic survey of the Ganga plain is the first survey of its kind after the nineteenth century surveys by Alexander Cunningham and his associates. He has also opened up the study of the ancient routes as a branch of enquiry in Indian archaeology. He has published widely on each of these areas and on a host of key issues of south Asian archaeology. India: An Archaeological History (2001), The Archaeology and Ancient Indian Cities (1995), Ancient Bangladesh (1992), and The Early Use of Iron in India (1992) are some of his works published by OUP. His forthcoming publication is Archaeological Geography of the Ganga Plain: The Upper Ganga (Oudh, Rohilkhand and the Doab).

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Bibliographic information

Title History of Ancient India: Volume XI: Ancient India's Interrelations with the World
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.03.2023
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788173054907
length xiv+252p., 28cm.