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The Penguin History of Early India: From the Origins to Ad 1300 Paperback – August 7, 2003

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Romila Thapar is Emeritus Professor of History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (August 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140288260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140288261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,579,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Romila Thapar is the grand master of ancient Indian history and should need no introduction. Her present book gives an updated, well-written account of India's early history sutiable both for the neophyte and the professional. Her history discretely, but firmly, dismisses the wilder speculations about India's past that are popular in some circles around the world. It is both a sober and a sobering book. Highly recommended.
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Great book!Gallery!

Dance!
In Sanskrit dance drama.
What does "Natya" next.
"Nritta" the idea of rhythm.
Suffering in prayer.
Spiral motion.
The jump in an instant.
Hasta rule states.
The combination of the whale.
Shoulders, torso, upper arm, neck.
Image of the world are cherished.
And of course his eyebrows.
Emotions in those roles.
Position the legs, feet.
Human passions.
You look fingers hits.
Feet, legs exactly to the beat.
Gallery!
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a unique book on ancient India. well written and easy to understand. A must have in your library if u want to know about Indian past.
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Good product. Fast shipping.
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The book is written in a very dry style, but that is not the main problem. This book is a Marxist interpreation of Indian history. Thapar presents outdated research and predictable, dogmatic Marxist interpretations as history. Her scholarship was severely criticized in great detail by Vishal Agarwal, Meenakshi Jain, Sita Ram Goel, Koenraad Elst and Kalavai Venkat. Her research on Ancient History is outdated (she also doesn't know Sanskrit, which any historian on Ancient India should know), and she is a negationist when it comes to the Islamic invasions.

Don't waste your time with this. I'd recommend to read the works of better historians, like R.C.Majumdar, Jadunath Sarkar, Sita Ram Goel, B.B. Lal, S.P. Gupta, K.S. Lal , S.R. Rao and Harsh Narain.
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