ISBN : 9780199467150
This is a set of four volumes aimed at bringing together the best research by Romila Thapar to showcase her academic contributions to the understanding of history and historiography in India. The four volumes will focus on bringing together all the lectures and papers on an area of her work-historiography, Mauryas and Mauryan India, Social and Cultural Transaction, and Religion and Society. Each volume also includes a detailed interview with the author and an assessment of her work by an expert in the field, who will introduce the essays in that volume.
Volume I - Ideology, Theory, and History Introduction to the Set - Romila Thapar Introduction to the Volume - Neeladri Bhattacharya Decolonising History 1. Ideology and the Interpretation of Early Indian History 2. Early India: An Overview 3. The Decolonization of History: Early India Marxism, Sociology and the writing of History 4. Durkheim and Weber on Theories of Society and Race Relating to Pre-colonial India 5. The Contribution of D.D. Kosambi to Indology Writing the Region 6. Regional History: The Punjab 7. Regional History with Reference to the Konkan Secularism and the Writing of History 8. Imagined Religious Communities? Ancient History and the Modern Search for a Hindu Identity 9. Secularism and History 10. The Historiography of the Concept of 'Aryan' 11. The Tyranny of Labels The Question of Historical Consciousness 12. Society and Historical Consciousness: The Itihasa-purana Tradition 13. Was There Historical Writing in; Early India? Narrative - An History 14. A Historical Perspective on the Story of Rama 15. Sakuntala: Histories of a Narrative 16. Somanatha: Narratives of a History Romila Thapar in conversation with Neeladri Bhattacharya Index Volume II - Pre-Mauryan and Mauryan India Introduction to the Volume - Kumkum Roy Starting Up 1. A Possible Identifi cation of Meluhha, Dilmun and Makan 2. Society in Ancient India: The Formative Period Archaelogy and Texts 3. The Rigveda: Encapsulating Social Change 4. The Archaeological Background to the Agnicayana Ritual 5. Archaeological Artifacts and Literary Data: An Attempt at Co-relation State and Empire 6. The Evolution of the State in the Ganga Valley in the Mid-first Millennium BC 7. The Early History of Mathura: Up to and Including the Mauryan Period 8. Towards the Definition of an Empire: The Mauryan State 9. State Weaving-Shops of the Mauryan Period Inscriptions 10. Asoka and Buddhism as; Reflected in the Asokan Edicts 11. Raya Asoko from Kanaganahalli: Some Thoughts 12. Literacy and Communication: Some Thoughts on the Inscriptions of Asoka Beyond the Empire 13. Epigraphic Evidence and Some Indo-Hellenistic Contacts during the Mauryan Period 14. Text and Context: Megasthenes and the Seven Castes 15. The Role of the Army in the Exercise of Power in Early India Romila Thapar in conversation with Kumkum Roy Index Volume III - Social and Cultural Transactions Introduction to the volume - Rajan Gurukkal Looking at Epics 1. The Historian and the Epic 2. Some Aspects of the Economic Data in the Mahabharata 3. Dana and Daksina as Forms of Exchange 4. The Ramayana: Theme and Variation The Hero 5. Death and the Hero 6. As Long as the Moon and the Sun Endure Genealogies and Claims to Status 7. Genealogical Patterns as Perceptions of the Past 8. Origin Myths and the Early Indian Historical Tradition 9. Clan, Caste and Origin Myths i; Early India 10. The Mouse in the Ancestry India and Europe in Early Times 11. The Image of the Barbarian in Early India 12. Indian Views of Europe: Representations of the Yavanas in Early Indian History 13. Black Gold: South Asia and the Roman Maritime Trade Romila Thapar in conversation with Rajan Gurukkal Index Volume IV - Religion and Society Introduction to the volume - Kunal Chakrabarti Exploring New Ideas 1. Sacrifice, Surplus, and the Soul 2. Ideology, Society and the Upani?ads 3. Ethics, Religion and Social Protest in the First Millennium BC in Northern India 4. The Oral and the Written in Early India The Social Role of the Renouncer 5. Dissent and Protest in the Early Indian Tradition 6. Renunciation: The Making of a Counter-Culture? 7. The Householder and the Renouncer in the Brahmanical and Buddhist Traditions 8. Millenarianism and Religion in Early India Inclusion and Exile 9. The Puranas: Heresy and the; Vamsanucarita 10. Exile and the Kingdom: Some Thoughts on the 'Ramayana' 11. Perceiving the Forest: Early India Religion as an Aspect of Politics 12. Syndicated Hinduism Forms of Patronage-Old and New 13. Cultural Transaction and Early India: Tradition and Patronage 14. Patronage and the Community 15. The Museum and History 16. The Museum Experience Romila Thapar in conversation with Kunal Chakrabarti Index