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A History of Indian Civilization: Ancient and Classical Traditions

Radhakamal Mukherjee (Author) V P Gupta (Author) G.R. Madan (Author)
Synopsis Dr radhakamal Mukerjee, one of the foremost thinkers of our age, has interpreted the history of Indian Civilization from the point of view of a sociologist. He looks upon myths, legends, scripture, rituals, values and motifs as true sources of Indian history and culture. In addition to a learned introduction titled "The Indian Philosophy of History" the present book is divided into nineteen chapters and five parts: (i) The Pattern of Indian Civilization; (ii) The Rise of Indian Civilization; (iii) The Interactions; (iv) The Flowering of Indian Civilization; Flowering of Indian Civilization; and finally, (V) The Cultural Empire of India. The author has focused on five major epochs of India Civilization: The Indus Valley Civilization, the Vedic Age, the Rise of Buddhism, the maurya Period, the Epic Age, the Gupta renaissance and the Cultural Expansion of India. The author has adopted the gestalt approach to history. According to him human history is human facts and myths and traditions are interwoven in the web of time.
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About the authors

Radhakamal Mukherjee

Dr. radhakamal Mukerjee (1889-1968) was one of the greatest social scientist of India. He was Professor of Economics and Sociology in Lucknow university ad Later on Vice-Chancellor in the same University. He played an important and constructive role in country's freedom struggle. He was invited to deliver lectures at many Indian universities and also abroad including U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and U.S.S.R. He was a highly original philosopher of history, a penetrating interpreter of civilization and a gifted art theorist. He wrote more than 50 books covering these and other subjects. He held important positions in some national and International bodies. An American reviewer has considered him to have written some of the most important works of our century.

G.R. Madan

Dr. G. R. Madan, M.A. (Econ.), M.A. (Socio.), Dip. In Com., LL.B., Ph.D. (born 1923), had a good academic career. He worked in a research project “Socio-economic Survey of Lucknow City” sponsored by the Research Programmes Committee of the Planning Commission, under Dr. Radhakamal Mukerjee, Director, J.L. Institute of Sociology and Human Relation, Lucknow University, between 1954 and 1956. From 1956 onwards he taught in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Lucknow University till his retirement from the university service in 1984. During 1966-67 he was Post doctoral fellow at the Social Science Research Centre, Mississippi State University (U.S.A.) as well as a Fulbright Visiting Lecturer. He worked there with Dr. Harold F. Kaufman in the field of Rural Sociology. During 1970-71 he went to England under the British Council Commonwealth University Interchange Scheme and worked with Professor S.L. Anderski, at the University of Reading. His work Western Sociologists on Indian Society has been published by the International Library of Sociology, London. In 1973, he was invited to deliver some special lectures on “Social Disorganization and Social Reconstruction in India” at the Karnataka University, Dharwar, and 1976 on “Community Development in India (Some Recent Trends)” at the Bangalore University. He has published several book and articles on India’s social and economic problems. He is associated with a number of social welfare voluntary organizations. Currently he is Visiting Professor of Sociology, Maharaja Surajmal Institute, Janakpuri, New Delhi.

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Title A History of Indian Civilization: Ancient and Classical Traditions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 2nd ed.
Publisher Radha Publications
Language: English
isbn 817487402X
length xxiv+464p., Plates; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History