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Search results. of 64 results for Books: "Romila Thapar" The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to AD 10 April by Romila. History and Beyond: "Interpreting Early India", "Time as a Metaphor of History", " Cultural Transaction", "Early India from Lineage to State". 9 December Ancient India book. Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers.
Early India: From the Origins to AD Romila Thapar. This superb book is not only the basic history of how India came to be and an introduction to how the writing of history takes shape, but also, not the least, a deconstruction of the historical myth and inventions on which is based the present intolerant and exclusivist Hindu nationalism. It is essential reading today.
And although Thapar repeatedly asserts the importance of archaeological evidence, she does not integrate it into her narrative. This is not surprising as the archaeological picture does not match the one drawn from texts on certain important points. In a book like this, balance and even treatment are crucial.
This becomes difficult for periods that are the focus of major controversies.
Historians have spent almost half a century tirelessly debating whether the early medieval period roughly A. Thapar seems to oscillate between the different points of view.
In places, she appears to take the cautious stand that these are unresolved issues and she would rather not take sides. Whether this is a concession to the reader presenting both sides of the case or whether it reflects the author's own lack of certainty on these important issues is unclear.
Thapar's discussion of the historiography of ancient India focuses on a critique of the Orientalist and nationalist misreadings of India's ancient past. She highlights the important contribution made by Marxist historians and the debates generated by them. Then she presents us with a pleasant picture of a gentle ironing out of earlier distortions and imbalances, a broadening of horizons brought about by the fruitful dialogue between history and the other social sciences.
According to her, the only discordant note is the danger posed by communal histories that are rearing their heads in a society increasingly polarised along communal lines. The communalisation of history is indeed a matter of grave concern for historians.
Yet, there are other important academic problems that have beset the writing and teaching of ancient Indian history. While major advances have been made, particularly on social and economic issues and in bringing the marginalised communities into the picture, there is a downside as well.
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