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Publisher:Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Published In:1996
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:2.37 lbs
Pages:pp. 572, Plates, Maps, Index, Appendices (Folded), References, Biblio., Abbreviations

The Title "The Vedic Age From the Earliest Times to 600 B.C. Vol. 1 6th Edition" is written by R.C. Majumdar. This book was published in the year 1996. The book displayed here is a 6th Edition edition. This book has total of pp. 572 (Pages). It is a multi volume book, other associated volume(s) is/are Struggle for Freedom , British Paramountcy and Indian Renaissance, Part II (1818-1905 A.D.) , British Paramountcy and Indian Renaissance, Part I (1818-1905 A.D.) , The Maratha Supremacy (1707-1818 A.D) , The Classical Age 320-750 A.D. , The Mughul Empire (1526-1707 A.D.) , The Delhi Sultanate (1300-1526 A.D.) , The Struggle for Empire (1000-1300 A.D.) , The Age of Imperial Unity From 600 B.C. to 320 A.D. , The History and Culture of the Indian People . The publisher of this title is Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. We have about 1055 other great books from this publisher. The Vedic Age From the Earliest Times to 600 B.C. Vol. 1 6th Edition is currently Available with us.

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About the Book

The first volume of this History begins with an introductory section dealing with certain general topics bearing upon the history of India as a whole.

Although dealing with the Vedic age, it gives the necessary geological, geographical and biological background before proceeding to the first state of human activity in India.

he third section is devoted to a general consideration of the Indo-Aryans; the fourth deals with the political history of the period and the remaining sections, social and economic conditions, and Religion and philosophy.

In short, this volume covers, what may be regarded as, the down of Hindu Civilization.

This is the first history of India written exclusively by her own people which brings to bear on the problems a detached and critical appreciation. A team of over sixty scholars of repute present herein a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the political, socio-economic and cultural history of the Indian people.

Contents

Foreword/K M Munshi
Preface/R C Majumdar

Book A : INTRODUCTION :
I INDIAN HISTORY, ITS NATURE, SCOPE AND METHOD/R C Majumdar, M A Ph D F R A S B Formerly Vice-Chancellor and Professor of History in the University of Dacca
II SOURCES OF INDIAN HISTORY/R C Majumdar :
1 Ancient Period :
i Literary Sources
ii Archaeology :
a Inscriptions
b Numismatics
c Monuments)

iii Foreign Accounts (Greek Writers Chinese Travellers Arab Writers}

2 Mediaeval Period
3 Modern Period

III ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS AND EXCAVATIONS/the late Rao Bahadur K N Dikshit, M F R A S B Formerly Director General of Archaeology, Government of India

Decipherment of the Brahmi Script Beginnings of Archaeological Survey Establishment of Archaeological Department Regular and Systematic Excavations (Mohenjo-daro, Punjab and N W F P , Kashmir, United Provinces, Bengal) Prehistoric remains in Gujarat (Bombay, Mysore, Madras) Explorations in Greater India

IV THE GEOLOGICAL BACKGROUND OF INDIAN HISTORY/D N Wadia, M A B Sc F G S F R G S F R A S B F N I Special Adviser to the Government of India :
1 The Setting of the Stage for Early Man in India
2 The Indo-Gangetic Alluvium of the Plains of North India
3 Human cave-dwellers of India : Their animal contemporaries
4 Laterite cap of the Peninsula and Soil Deposits
5 Changes in the River Systems of North India during the human epoch
6 The Great Prehistoric River of Northern India
7 The Deserts of Western India : The Rann of Cutch
8 The Meteorological influence of the Himalaya Mountains
9 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
10 Late earth-movements and local Alterations of level

V THE GEOGRAPHICAL BACKGROUND OF INDIAN HISTORY/R C Majumdar :
1 Physical Features :
i The great Mountain wall
ii The Plain of Hindustan

iii The Plateau :
a The Deccan Plateau
b The Coastal Region
c The Central Indian Plateau)

2 Influence of Geography upon History Division into several political and cultural units India, a distinct geographical unit Effect of physical features Indian Colonization Effect of climate

VI FLORA AND FAUNA :
Part (A) : THE FLORA/G P Majumdar, M Sc , PH D (LEEDS) Professor of Botany in the Presidency College, Calcutta :
1 Forest Vegetation; its types
2 Freshwater Vegetation
3 Cultivated Vegetation

Part (B) : THE FAUNA/B K Chatterji, M SC Lecturer in Zoology in the Presidency College, Calcutta :
1 The Vertebrates Mammals Birds Reptiles Batrachians Fishes-Lower Chordates
2 The Invertebrates Molluscs Arthropods Echi-noderms

Book B : THE PREHISTORIC AGE :
VII PALAEOLITHIC, NEOLITHIC AND COPPER AGES/H D Sankalia, M A LL B PH D, (LONDON) Professor of History in the Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Poona :
1 Palaeolithic Age :
i First Inter-Glacial Age
ii Second Inter-Glacial Age and Early Soan Industry
iii Third Ice Age and Late Soan Industry
iv Third Inter-Glacial Age; Chauntra Industry
v Fourth Ice Age Tools)

2 Mesolithic Age
3 Neolithic Age
4 Copper and Bronze Age
5 Iron Age

VIII RACE-MOVEMENTS AND PREHISTORIC CULTURE/S K Chatterji M A D Litt (LONDON), F R A S B Khaira Professor of Indian Linguistics and Phonetics in the University of Calcutta

Six main races with sub-types Evolution of Common Indian Culture Contribution of (a) the Negroid or Negrito, (b) the Proto-Australoids, (c) Dra-vidian-speakers Synthesis of the Aryan and non-Aryan Culture

IX THE INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION/A D Pusalker, M A LL B PH D Assistant Director and Head of the Department of Sanskrit, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan :
1 The Town (Buildings Drainage The Great Bath)
2 Social and Economic Life (Food Animals Dress Ornaments Toilet Articles Household Utensils Games Conveyance Weight and Linear Measures Medicine Weapons Tools, and Implements Trade and Commerce Classes of People)
3 Arts, Crafts, and Industries (Figures Seal-engravings Statues Spinning and Weaving Pottery Seals Precious Stones and Metals Shell Ivory and Faience)
4 Religion (Mother Gbddess Siva Animal Worship Worship of Tree, Fire, and Water)
5 Funerary Customs
6 The Indus Script
7 The Antiquity of the Culture
8 Authors of the Indus Civilization
9 Extent, Connections, and Survivals of the Indus Civilization

Book C : THE ARYANS IN INDIA :
X THE ARYAN PROBLEM/B K Ghosh D Phil (MUNICH), D LITT (PARIS) Lecturer in Philology in the University of Calcutta Original home of the Indo-Europeans Earliest trace of the Indo'-Iranians Lithuanian, the most archaic of Indo-European Languages No case for original home in Europe Scandinavia not the original home Tripolje culture Brandenstein's theory of the Original Home Relation between Indo-Euro pean and non-Indo-European languages Appendix-India, the original home of the Aryans by S Srikanta Sastri, Professor Maharaja's College, Mysore

X INDO-IRANIAN RELATIONS/B K Ghosh :Cleavage between the Aryans of India and Iran Antagonism between the Worshippers of Daiva-gods and Asura-gods Reforms of Zarathustra Pre Zarathustra Iranian Culture essentially the same as Vedic

XII VEDIC LITERATURE-GENERAL VIEW/B K Ghosh :
1 The Samhitas :
i Rigveda
ii Samaveda
iii Yajurveda
iv Atharvaveda)

2 The Brahmanas
3 The Srauta-sutras

XIII ARYAN SETTLEMENTS IN INDIA/A D Pusalker :
1 Geographical Names in the Rigveda
2 The Tribes in the Rigveda
3 The Period of the Later Samhitas, Brahmanas, Upanishads and Sutras :
i Geographical Names
ii The Tribes)

Book D : HISTORICAL TRADITIONS :
XIV TRADITIONAL HISTORY FROM THE EARLIEST TIME TO THE ACCESSION OF PARLKSHIT/A D Pusalker :
1 Sources of Information
2 Chronological Scheme of Traditional History according to the Puranas
3 Pre-Flood Traditions and Dawn of History
4 Flood and Manu Vaivasvata c 3100 B C

5 Yayati Period (c 3000-2750 B C ) :
i The Lunar Dynasty
ii The Solar Dynasty
iii Brahmana Families)

6 Mandhatri Period (c 2750-2550 B C ) :
i The Solar Dynasty
ii The Lunar Dynasty)

7 Parasurama Period (c 2550-2350 B C ) :
i The Bhrigus
ii The Haihayas
iii Other Lunar Dynasties
iv The Solar Dynasty
v Brahmana Families)

8 Ramachandra Period (c 2350-1950 B C ) :
i The Solar Dynasty
ii The Lunar Dynasty
iii Brahmana Families)

9 Krishna Period (c 1950-1400 B C ) :
i The Panchalas
ii The Pauravas
iii The Yadavas
iv The Eastern Anavas
v The Solar Dynasty)

10 The Bharata War (c 1400 B C ) :
i The Kauravas and Pandavas
ii The Bharata War)

11 Comparative Value of the Vedas and the Puranas as Sources of Traditional History
12 The Expansion of the Aryans and Aryan Culture

Appendix :
1 Development of different dynasties
2 Genealogical Tables

XV TRADITIONAL HISTORY FROM THE ACCESSION OF PARIKSHIT TO THE END OF THE BARHADRATHA DYNASTY/A D Pusalker :
1 The Pauravas
2 The Kosalas
3 Magadha
4 Other Kingdoms

Book E : THE AGE OF THE RIK-SAMHITA :
XVI LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/B K Ghosh :
1 Language (Not Homogeneous Artificial Re-handling of Original texts The Verbal system-Tenth Mandala Distinctly Later)
2 Literature (Yaska's Classification of Vedic Hymns not quite Satisfactory Hymn to Ushas Spirit of the Hymns Hymn to Parjanya Martial Hymns Dialogue-hymns Frog-hymn Danastuti Apri-hymns Funeral-hymns Philosophical hymns)

XVII POLITICAL AND LEGAL INSTITUTIONS/V M Apte, M A PH D (CANTAB) Professor of Sanskrit in the Karnatak College, Dharwar :
1 Political Institutions (Monarchy Sabhd and Samiti Purohita)
2 Administrative Organization (Grama)
3 Law and Legal Institutions (Individual ownership of Land)

XVIII RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY/V M Apte :
1 Mythology :
i Origin
ii The Nature and Classification of Gods
iii The Celestial Gods
iv The Atmospheric Gods
v The Terrestrial Gods)

2 Sacrifice
3 Philosophy
4 Ethical and Spiritual Thought

XIX SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS/V M Apte :
1 Social Condition :
i Family Life
ii The Caste System
iii Marriage and the Position of Women
iv Education
v Amusements and Entertainments
vi Food and Drink
vii Dress and Decoration
viii Knowledge of Medicine and Sanitation)

2 Economic Condition :
i Agriculture and Cattle
ii Trade and Commerce
iii Occupations and Industries
iv House-building and Means of Transport, etc )

Book F : THE AGE OF THE LATER SAMHITAS :
XX LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/B K Ghosh (Section 4 by V M Apte) :
1 The Language of the Saihhitas :
i Samaveda
ii Yajurveda
iii Atharvaveda)

2 The Samhita Literature :
i Atharvaveda, Arrogance of the Brahmanas, Coronation hymn, Bhumi-sukta, the National Anthem of Vedic India, Magic and Charms, Hymn to Varuna
ii Yajurveda)

3 The Brahmanas :
i Language
ii Literature)

4 The Aranyakas

XXI POLITICAL AND LEGAL INSTITUTIONS/V M Apte :
1 Political Theory (Origin of Kingship Growth of royal power Sabha and Samiti)
2 Administrative Organization (Royal Officials Taxation)
3 Law and Legal Institutions (Evidence Criminal law Civil law Civil procedure Ownership of Land)

XXII RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY/V M Apte :
1 Atharvaveda (Magic Formulae Philosophical hymns)
2 The Samaveda and the Yajurveda Saihhitas and the Brahmanas (Grand Sacrifices Groups of priests The Gods Ethical Ideas The conception of Heaven and Hell The Circuit of Birth and Death)
3 The Aranyakas

XXIII SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS/V M Apte :
1 Social Condition :
i Family Life
ii The Caste System
iii Marriage and the Position of Women
iv Education
v Amusements and Entertainments
vi Food and Drink
vii Dress and Decoration
viii Knowledge of Medicine)

2 Economic Condition :
i Agriculture and Cattle
ii Trade and Commerce
iii Occupations and Industries
iv House-Building and Means of Transport)

Book G : THE AGE OF THE UPAMSHADS AND SUTRAS :
XXIV LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/M A Mehendale M A PHD Professor of Sanskrit in S B Garda College Navasari, Bombay :
1 The Upanishads (Chronological classification Composed mainly by the Kshatriyas Principal teachings The doctrines of Atman and Brahman Transmigration)
2 The Sutras :
i Siksha
ii Kalpa Srauta-sutra Grihya-sutra Dharma-sutra Sulva-sutra Date of the Kalpa-sutra Texts
iii Vyakarana
iv Nirukta
v Chhandas
vi Jyotisha)

3 Language :
i The Upanishads
ii The Sutras)

XXV POLITICAL AND LEGAL INSTITUTIONS/V M Apte :
1 Political Theory (Principle of Dharma Life and duty of king Position of the Brahmana in the State Parishad)
2 Administrative Organization (Taxation Village)
3 Law and Legal Institutions (Beginnings of Civil and Criminal Law Judicial tribunals Punishments Rules of Inheritance Title to Property Rate of Interest)

XXVI RELIGION AND PHILOSOPHY/V M Apte :
1 The Upanishads (Protest Against Ritual Identity of Brahman and Atman Prana The transmigration of the soul Ethical concepts Fundamental doctrines)
2 The Sutras (The Srauta sacrifices The Grihya ritual Meaning and nature of sacrifice- Different classes of priests Magic and rituals Ethical concepts)

XXVII SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONDITIONS/V M Apte :
1 Social Condition :
i Family Life
ii The Caste System
iii Marriage and the Position of Women
iv Education
v Manners and Morals, Habits and Customs
vi Amusements and Entertainments
vii Food and Drink
viii Dress and Decoration
ix Health and Hygiene)

2 Economic Condition :
i Agriculture and Cattle
ii Trade and Commerce, Arts and Industries
iii House-building and Means of Transport)

List of Plates

1. Corbelled Drain, Mohenjo-daro
2. Great Bath, Mohenjo-daro
3. Jewellery-Necklaces, Mohenjo-daro
4. Personal Ornaments, Mohenjo-daro
5. Arts and Crafts, Mohenjo-daro
6. Statuary, Harappa and Mohenjo-darb
7. Seals, Mohenjo-daro
8. i. Fractional Burial, Mohenjo-daro
ii. Model Animal, Mohenjo-daro

Contributors

1. R. C. Majumdar : M. A., PH. D., F.R.A.S.B. Formerly Vice-Chancellor and Professor of History in the University of Dacca
2. Rao Bahadur K.N. Dikshit : M.A., F.R.A.S.B. Formerly Director-General of Archaeology, Government of India
3. D.N. Wadia : M.A. B. SC. F.G.S. F.R.G.S. F.R.A.S.B. F.N.I. Special Adviser to the Government of India
4. G.P. Majumdar : M. SC. PH. D. (Leeds) Professor of Botany in the Presidency College, Calcutta
5. B. K. Chatterji : M. SC. Lecturer in Zoology in the Presidency College, Calcutta
6. H. D. Sankalia : M.A., LL. B., PH. D. (London) Professor of History in the Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute, Poona
7. S.K. Chatterji : M.A., D. LITT. (London) F.R.A.S.B.
Khaira Professor of Indian Linguistics and Phonetics in the University of Calcutta
8. A.D. Pusalker : M.A. LLB. PH. D. Assistant Director and Head of the Department of Sanskrit Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
9. B.K. Ghosh : D. Phil. (Munich), D. Litt. (Paris) Lecturer in Philology In the University of Calcutta
10. V.M. Apte : M.A., PH. D. (Cantab.) Professor of Sanskrit in the Karnatak College, Dharwar
11. M.A. Mehendale : M.A. PH. D. Professor of Sanskrit in S. B. Garda College, Navasari, Bombay.

List of Maps and Plans

1. Map of India, Showing types of Forest Vegetation and Botanical Regions of India page
2. Prehistoric and Vedic India page

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