Ancient India: An Introductory Outline surveys the major developments in India's social, economic and cultural history up to the end of the ancient period and the beginning of the early middle ages and explains the rise and growth of states with reference to their material basis. The book demolishes the popular historiographical stereotypes created by the Hindu-chauvinist communal writings. It also gives the lie to the view that the Indian society has been stagnant and changeless--a view which was propagated by Western scholars in the heyday of British imperialism and continues to be peddled ingeniously in our own times.
About the Author:
DWIJENDRA NARAYAN JHA has lectured at universities and other centres of education in India and abroad and was National Lecturer in History, University Grants Commission, during 1984-5. He was president of the ancient Indian history section of the Indian History Congress in 1979 and its General Secretary from 1985 to 1988. He is currently professor of history at the University of Delhi.