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The Vedic Age and the Coming of Iron c. 1500-700 BC

Irfan Habib (Author) Vijay Kumar Thakur (Author) A People's History of India

The Vedic Age completes the first set of three monographs in the People's History of India series. It deals with the period c. 1500 to c. 700 BC, during which it sets the Rigveda and the subsequent Vedic corpus. It explores aspects of geography, migrations, technology, economy, society, religion, and philosophy. It draws on these texts to reconstruct the life of the ordinary people, with special attention paid to class as well as gender. In a separate chapter, the major regional cultures as revealed by archaeological evidence are carefully described. Much space is devoted to the coming of iron, for the dawn of the iron age--though not the iron age itself--lay within the period this volume studies. There are special notes on historical geography, the caste system (whose beginnings lay in this period) and the question of epic archaeology. A special feature of this monograph is the inclusion of seven substantive extracts from sources, which should give the reader a taste of what these texts are like. As in the first two monographs, the authors seek to present updated information with clarity of exposition and reasoned analysis. Both the general reader and the student should, therefore, find here much that is interesting and thought-provoking.

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About the authors

Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 (1963; second rev. edn. 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is also the author of Prehistory (2001), the first in a series of monographs on a People’s History of India, to be published successively under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society.

Vijay Kumar Thakur

Vijay Kumar Thakur, Professor of History, Patna University, is author of Urbanisation in Ancient India (1981), Historiography of Indian Feudalism (1989) and social Dimensions of Technology: Iron in Early India (1983). He has also edited Towns in Pre-Modern India (1994) and (with A. Aounshuman) Peasants in Indian History (1995).

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Bibliographic information

Title The Vedic Age and the Coming of Iron c. 1500-700 BC
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition Reprint
Publisher Tulika Books
Language: English
isbn 8189487355
length viii+100p., Illustrations; Maps; 24cm.