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Ancient Indian Society: Continuity and Change

Vijay Kumar (Author)
Synopsis The present work aims at understanding the nature and features of ancient Indian society during different historical phases. The evolutionary approach has been applied in order to analyse the changes took place in various social institutions and refutes the claim of those who see the ancient Indian society as unchanging. Alongwith various internal and external factors responsible for the occurrence of numerous social changes, the economic developments, the role of heretical religions such as Buddhism and Jainism, the incursion of foreigners and its impact on brahmanical social order have also been specifically examined. This book also examines the steps taken by the classical thinkers for restoring their deteriorating traditional social order and the declining hegemony of their managerial class in the society. Among such remedial efforts, enacted as laws as well as social prohibition applied by them the origin of Pauranic Hinduism and the doctrine of Kalivarjya have also been specifically analysed in this work by the author.
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About the author

Vijay Kumar

Dr. Vijay Kumar is a senior lecturer in the Department of History, M.D. University, Rohtak. He has been teaching in this Department since 1993. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the same university in January 1996. His field of specialization is Socio-Economic History of Ancient India. He has got published some articles. His other works: 1. Daliton Ke Agardoot: Swatantrata Senani - Swami Atmanand (Published in 2000). 2. "Relevance of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's Ideas on Social Inequality", Ambedkar's Perspective on State, Caste, Social Justice, Edited by Shashi Mehra, Sanjya Prakashan, Delhi. 3. "Emergence of Pauranic Hinduism", M.D. University Research Journal (Arts) submitted for publication. 4. Untochability in Ancient India - unpublished dissertation. 5. Dalits in Haryana - unpublished article.

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Bibliographic information

Title Ancient Indian Society: Continuity and Change
Author Vijay Kumar
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sanjay Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8174560606
length xvi+258p., 22cm.
Subjects History