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History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From the Stone Age to the 12th Century Broché – 1 janvier 2009
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Biographie de l'auteur
Upinder Singh is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Delhi. She taught history at St. Stephen¿s College, Delhi, from 1981 until 2004, after which she joined the faculty of the Department of History at the University of Delhi. Professor Singh¿s wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her research papers have been published in various national and international journals. Her published books include: Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300¿1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : 8131716775
- Éditeur : Pearson Education India (1 janvier 2009)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9788131716779
- ISBN-13 : 978-8131716779
- Poids de l'article : 200 g
- Dimensions : 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 5,469 en Histoire et Actualité de l'Asie (Livres)
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Commenté en Inde le 21 février 2019
Commenté en Inde le 10 juillet 2018
Why you should read Upinder Singh?
1. References- to enlighten self with the accurate knowledge (apart from this book), the author has provided references.
Eg- Pg no. 83: To understand the Mesolithic period see Allchin and Allchin, 1997 edition: page no. : 88-110.
2. Explanation of even basic of the basic as well as the hardest of the hard technical terms so that even a layman could mean the reading.
Eg- Polychrome (more than one color) AND querns and mullers (grinding or food processing tool).
3. A large ocean of factual details especially for those who want to live the ancient life while reading.
Eg- Various sites and their detailed period wise classification. Author gives a detailed analysis and provokes us to live the ancient life.
Every single thing has a flip side. Upinder Singh also lacks at some points.
Negatives of the book:
1. She used satellites maps without international border.
We know in UPSC, there comes a50 marker question solely based on map. Had she provided us maps with national/international border(s), the map reading would have been much easy. Now its very difficult to mark the site directly in your map notes by taking book's reference.
Solution: The author has provided coordinates on the outline of the map. You can use them to locate the site.
Eg Pg no 272/4th paragraph/7th line: The author says that Kalashoka shifted capital to Patliputra.
But NCERT and many standard books mention that it was Ajatshatru who shifted the capital.
History is just an interpretation of past by historians. By considering observer's bias angle, there could be as many as possible variety of interpretations. But we need to stick to NCERT for competitive examinations.
I am not sure about this whether it is wrong but then also as I found it difficult to digest, I must mention.
Eg: Pg 413/1st paragraph/8th line-"trade declined after Marcus Aurelius' in late 2nd century BCE...."
Fact is Marcus died in 180 AD, i.e. 2nd century AD.
This could be a printing mistake but for a fresher it could prove a mislead.
4. Repetition of lines as they are, at times.
Eg: pg no 500/read 3rd line under the heading of "Craft Production, Guilds and Trade".
The 3rd line reads, " The Indore plate of Pravarasena-II mention......".
This same sentence is repeated on next page no 501/5th paragraph/2nd line.
We can understand that the author did this to maintain the continuity. But to a reader like me who want to establish some connections between different points, this spoon feeding exercise is unnecessary. It prevents readers from being very attentive while reading. Because we know she is going to repeat it.
Overall, the book really deserves 3/5.
It is a humble request and earnest appeal to the author to try rectifying the mistakes.
Dealing with prehistory and protohistory of the subcontinent in considerable detail, the narrative of the historical period breaks away from conventional text-based history writing. Providing a window into the world primary sources, it incorporates a large volume of archaeological data, along with literary, epigraphic, and numismatic evidence. Revealing the ways in which our past is constructed, it explains fundamental concepts, and illuminates contemporary debates, discoveries, and research. Situating prevailing historical debates in their contexts, Ancient and Early Medieval India presents balanced assessments, encouraging readers to independently evaluate theories, evidence, and arguments.
Beautifully illustrated with over four hundred photographs, maps, and figures, Ancient and Early Medieval India helps visualize and understand the extraordinarily rich and varied remains of the ancient past of Indian subcontinent. It offers a scholarly and nuanced yet lucid account of India s early past, and will surely transform the discovery of this past into an exciting experience.