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Famines in Ancient India

Atreyi Biswas (Author)
Synopsis This book, unique in its kind, attempts to define the factors responsible for famines in pre-and proto-historic periods of Indian history based on archaeological data in ecological context and literary sources. An extensive study of archaeological reports, covering a large chronological span, from the Harappan cultural horizon till the beginning of Christian er5a, reveal of numerous droughts and floods which devastated many geographical units with human settlements from time to time. Ecological degeneration due to concentration of population and degradation due to deforestation, contributed largely to the failures in agricultural sector. The author has analyzed the economic factors related to cultivation process, agricultural products and their distribution. She has further elaborated why and how the human relationship, community structure and social behavioural pattern suffered and got into the process of transformation due to severe hardship of famines.
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About the author

Atreyi Biswas

Dr. Atreyi Biswas (b.1941) is a senior faculty member of Satyawati Co-educational College, Delhi University. Born in a family of academics, she did her postgraduate studies at Agra College and School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London. Her earlier works, Political History of the Hunas in India (1973) and Prachin Bharat ka Rajnitik, Samajik aur Sanskritik Itihas (Political, Social and Cultural History of Ancient India, 1982) were very well received. Several of her research papers have been published in Indian and foreign academic journals.

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Title Famines in Ancient India
Author Atreyi Biswas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 812120660x
length 299p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 23cm
Subjects History