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The Complex Heritage of Early India: Essays in Memory of R.S. Sharma

D.N. Jha (Editor)

The volume is in celebration of the contributions of Prof. Ram Sharan Sharma to the field of Indian historical research. The essays take up various themes in Indian history examining some puzzling questions relating to the ancient history of India: the Harappan civilisation, Rigvedic chronology, early historical archaeology, history of urbanisation, nature of trade, medieval land grants and other aspects. With reference to numerous texts, it takes up ethics of consumption as obtained from a perusal of the Jatakas, kings and wives as upholder of propriety in the Matsyamahapurana, and the influence of the Arthashastra on the Kamasutra. Scholars throw light on the trade networks in early north-west India and Bactria and religion and politics of the Indo-Greek rulers, role of caste, gender and ideology on the making of traditional India, place of gold in ancient Indian material and religious culture, and art and society in early medieval era.

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About the author

D.N. Jha

Dwijendra Narayan Jha is currently professor of history at the University of Delhi. Professor Jha’s works include Revenue System in Post-Maurya and Gupta Times (Calcutta, 1967), Ancient India: An Introductory Outline (Delhi, 19977), Studies in Early Indian Economic History (Delhi, 1980), Economy and Society in Early India: Issues and Paradigms (Delhi, 1993) and a number of articles published in Indian and foreign journals. He has to his credit several edited works including Feudal Social Formation in Early India (Delhi 1987) and Society and Ideology in India: Essays in Honour of Professor R.S. Sharma (Delhi, 1996).

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Bibliographic information

Title The Complex Heritage of Early India: Essays in Memory of R.S. Sharma
Author D.N. Jha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.11.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350980583
length 718p., 22cm.
Subjects History