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The past before us : historical traditions of early north India /

The past before us :  historical traditions of early north India /
DK Number:DK-231287
ISBN: 8178242958
Title: The past before us : historical traditions of early north India /
Author: Romila Thapar.
Imprint: Ranikhet : Permanent Black ; Bangalore : Distributed by Orient Blackswan,
Physical Desc.: xvii, 758 p. : 7 maps ; 22 cm.
Year: 2016
Price: USD 40.65 (pbk.)
Volume Title: pt. 1. The search for a historical tradition -- pt. 2. The embedded tradition -- pt. 3. Interlude : the emerging historical tradition -- pt. 4. Alternative histories -- pt. 5. The historical traditions externalized.
Subject Strings: India, North--Historiography.
  India, North--History.
  Literature and history--India, North.
  Collective memory--India, North.
    
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Questioning the widely prevalent view that there was no historical writing in early India, the book highlights how ancient Indian had a great historical tradition, though with a difference. The author: a highly distinguished historian, here shows up a huge variety of ancient Indian writings: ranging from embedded history to historical texts. Professor Romila Thapar takes a fresh look at the Vedic corpus, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the itahas-purana traditions, the Buddhist and Jaina canon, the historiographical and biographical literature, diverse inscriptions, a variety of chronicles and, these besides writings of other genres, not as sources of history, but as a civilization’s many ways of thinking about and writing its history.

Romila Thapar: a historian of international renown, is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Fellow of the British Academy; and holds Honorary D.Litt, each from the universities of Calcutta, Oxford, and Chicago.

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