In the present volume, Romila Thapar traces the evolution of India before contact with modern Europe was established in the sixteenth century. Her account of the development of India's social and economic structure is arranged within a frame-work of the principal political and dynastic events. This absorbing narrative covers some 2,500 eventful years of history, from the establishment of Aryan culture in about 1000 B.C. to the coming of the Mughals in A.D. 1526 and the first arrival of European trading companies. In particular Professor Thapar deals interestingly with the many manifestations of Indian culture, as seen in religion, art and literature, in ideas and institutions. In the second volume of A History of India Dr. Percival Spear handles the Mughal and British periods.
About the Author:
ROMILA THAPAR is a Professor of Ancient Indian History at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and an Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and has been a Professor-at-Large at Cornell University in the United States.