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The Gupta Period and Beyond: A.D.320 -A.D. 1200

Mohini Gupta (Author) V P Gupta (Author) A N Kapoor (Author)
Synopsis The present work happens to be the second volume in the series titled Cross-currents of Indian History and Culture. It has two parts. The First deals with the celebrated Gupta Age covering the years A.D. 320 to A.D. 750. The period under review has been hailed as the ‘Classical’ or ‘Golden’ Age of India. It was dur8ntg this epoch that the norms of Indian literature, art, architecture, sculpture and painting were established. The period saw an all-round efflorescence of Indian genius in various spheres of life. A poet like Kalidasa flourished during this period and Indian Cultural spread in far off countries such as China, Central Asi, South-east Asia and west Asia. Chienese pilgrims like Fa-hien, Hiuen Tsang and I-tsing visited the holy land of their faith and left their accounts of India which constitute valuable sources for understanding the life of that age. The achievements of the rulers like Samudragupta. Harshavardhana and Pulkesin II will do pride to any nation. The Vakatakas of the deccan, the Chalukyas of Bafdami and the Pallavas of South India set up powerful empires of long duration. The Second Part covers the post-Gupta period commencing from A.D. 750 and culminating in A.D. 1192, when India lost her freedom and its last independent Hindu ruler Prthviraj Chauhan of Ajmer was captured by the Muslims invader Muhammad Ghauri and put to death. The period under review witnesses the rise and fall of three major empires, the Palas, the Rashtrakutas and the Pratiharas. There arose in Rajasthan and Central India a number of small Rajput kingdoms under Chandelas, kalachuris, Paramaras, Abhiras, Chaha-manas, Guhilas, Tomars and Gangas. There was no strong central authority during this period. This was the principal reason of India’s collapse at the hands of the foreign invaders.
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About the authors

Mohini Gupta

A constant collaborator in the intellectual pursuits of her husband V.P. Gupta she is co-author in a number of his publications including an Encyclopaedia of History and Culture of Punjab, and biographical studies of Raja Rammohun Roy, Swami Dayaand Saraswati, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. A two-volume study of India since independence critically examines the triumphs and tragedies of Indian people during the last fifty five years. These books brought out in both the languages - English and Hindi - have been widely acclaimed as the harbinger of awareness about the ideals of our freedom struggle.

A N Kapoor

A.N. Kapoor After obtaining M.A., D.Phil, in English from Allahabad University, Dr. Kapoor taught English at Agra and Delhi Universities for over four decades and has edited, compiled and authored more than hundred titles including reference books, encyclopaedias and language dictionaries. His dictionary of geographical terms published in 1955 was the first work of its kind in Hindi. His comprehensive English-Hindi dictionary stands as the crowning work of the four decade long effort. The lexicon is considered a work of tremendous relevance for the entire gamut of bilingual activity, being undertaken in the country as almost all levels of our social system, educational institutions and government department.

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Title The Gupta Period and Beyond: A.D.320 -A.D. 1200
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Radha Publications
Language: English
isbn 8174874267
length xvi+301p., Index; 23cm.
Subjects History