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A Peaceful Realm : The Rise And Fall of the Indus Civilization Hardcover – December 31, 2002


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"An informed, lucid, and imaginative rendering of one of the major, and least known, ancient civilizations." -- -C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky, Stephen Philips Professor of Archaeology, Harvard University

About the Author

Jane McIntoshis a professional writer on prehistory and archaeology. She holds a degree in European prehistory and a Ph.D. in Indian archaeology from Cambridge University. Widely traveled, she has worked on many excavations in Britain and abroad. She now lives in the west of England.
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  • Series: Peter N. Nevraumont Books
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Westview; 1St Edition edition (December 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813335329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813335322
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vishal Agarwal on January 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am glad to read this book, which is produced very aesthetically with stunning color and black and white photographs. The book forms a suitable companion to Kenoyer's "Cities of the Indus Civilization". It contains neatly divided sections and chapters on various topics (e.g. Pottery, textiles, metallurgy, town planning). It does not confine itself to just a dry description of artifacts and excavated towns - the discusion is skilfully supplemented by insights from cultural and social anthropology and other tools of theoritical archaeology. The author does a commendable job in showing the survival of the vital traits of the civilization down to our present times in India and Pakistan - whether it is houseplanning, village carts, ladles and coonches for pouring oblations in sacred ritual fire and so on. With the current acedemic climate being vitiated by virtiolic disputes over the nature of this civilization,the author manages to steer clear of the controversies, and manages to give a very consistent, accurate, insightful account that is quite understandable to the lay reader.
The author is a practicing archaeologist, with excavation experience in India and Pakistan. It is hoped that she will continue writing on the Indus Civilization in the years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on February 13, 2008
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"A Peaceful Realm" by Jane McIntosh is an excellent introduction to the Indus Valley Civilization, a mysterious high culture that florished 4000 years ago in the northwestern part of the Indian sub-continent. The author summarizes what I take to be the current scholarly thinking about the Indus culture.

The book is intended for the general reader, but since it's written from an archeological perspective, some people may found it boring. Brace yourself for an over-view of excavations, excavations and even more excavations! Jane McIntosh is obviously not a journalist... Still, I give the book four stars, because it's very informative and fascinating, and the archeological perspective is inevitable anyway. Since most written records of the Indus Valley Civilization have been lost, and those that remain are undeciphered, most of what we can know about this ancient culture is due to...well, archeological excavations.

There are at least three things that make the Indus culture mysterious. First, it was a highly developed civilization with large cities (the largest had perhaps 100,000 inhabitants), a uniform culture, and a well-developed division of labor, including vast trade networks. This suggests some kind of empire with a large and efficient state administration. Yet, nobody has been able to find the rulers of the Indus people! There are no royal palaces, no cult statues of kings, and all burials were relatively simple. Also, all people seem to have been well-nourished, suggesting the non-existence of an underclass. This has led some daring people to suggest that the Indus civilization was relatively egalitarian, making it a curious anomaly among high cultures. McIntosh doesn't go that far.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moorthy on April 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful!. Excellent!. It left me stunned with spontaneous tears of joy!!!. I am a Tamil speaking Dravidian and could not differ on her theory of continuity of Indus culture in the present day South India.

For example, Lord Shiva, a Dravidian God, is being worshiped till today. ( Yogi Indus seal in Harappa )

Lord Shiva is also mentioned in our old Tamil epics.

The recent discovery of iron age tools with Indus Script in Nagapattinam, South Tamilnadu has proved beyond doubt that South Indian Dravidian culture is in fact Indus!!!.

She seems to have a deep understanding of our culture. Hats off to her!.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 23, 2002
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A Peaceful Dream: The Rise And Fall Of The Indus Civilization by archaeologist and prehistory expert Jane McIntosh is an amazing account of the second oldest known civilization next to the Mesopotamian Civilization. Little is known for absolute certain, yet much has been unearthed of the Indus Civilization. This informative account is gloriously illustrated with maps and black-and-white photographs, as well as a section of color plates, showing the lost treasures and artifacts of an ancient world. Chapters recount and hypothesize about religion, trade, the enigmatic script and the eternal legacy of the Indus Civilization. A Peaceful Dream is a fascinating and "reader friendly" historical study which is very highly recommended for personal, school, and community library antiquities collections and reading lists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Oldacre on February 7, 2006
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I bought this book along with two others to get a better understanding of the Mature Harappan civilization of the Indus valley. Professor McIntosh provides a thorough interpretation of the evidence of archaeological excavations, and uses the society and customs of later India to support some of her conclusions on the various aspects of the Harappan civilisation.

The following is a summary of the contents of the each chapter

INTRODUCTION - An overview of the development of the 4 Bronze Age civilizations of the Indus, Egypt,

Mesopotamia, and China with a useful comparative time-line summary of each.

1: LOST CIVILIZATIONS - An overview of the archaeological discoveries relating to the Indus civilization, and a review of

the most significant theories put forward by eminent scholars of the past

2: BEFORE INDUS CIVILIZATION - A brief review of the evidence of the earliest inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent,

the discoveries at Mehrgarh and the evidence for the development of agriculture.
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