A People's History of India 3A

The Age of Iron and the Religious Revolution, C. 700 – C. 350 BC

Krishna Mohan Shrimali

Tulika Books

A People's History of India 3A

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Pub Date: March 2016

ISBN: 9789382381730

176 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00

A People's History of India 3A

The Age of Iron and the Religious Revolution, C. 700 – C. 350 BC

Krishna Mohan Shrimali

Tulika Books

This volume of the A People's History of India series deals with the period spanning c. 700 and c. 350 BC. During this important period of Indian history, iron technology diffused, transforming and multiplying tools; cities arose and commerce spread; the caste system assumed practically all its essential features; powerful states were formed, with armies and bureaucracies; and, finally, Jainism and Buddhism brought about a veritable religious revolution. All this is described in four chapters with clarity and precision, but with no attempt to conceal points of controversy. Special notes are furnished on punch-marked coinage, the Northern Black Polished Ware, problems of chronology, and the arrival of writing. Nine extracts from sources give the reader a taste of the textual sources. There are twelve illustrations and seven maps, and a chronological table at the end. Each chapter includes a bibliographical note, indicating sources and suggesting further reading.
Professor Shrimali …has written a commendable account of a period marked by an intellectual ferment and which had profound implications in the centuries that followed. The Book Review
The extracts from primary sources, problems of chronology of this period and on the arrival of writing, bibliographical notes along with the maps and illustrations as well as the explanatory sections on the Pali and brahamical texts will also be useful for students, for whom this book has been written. Supriya Verma, The Book Review

About the Author

Krishna Mohan Shrimali is professor of history at the University of Delhi. He is the author of A History of Pañcala, 2 vols (1983, 1985); Agrarian Structure in Central India and the Northern Deccan: A Study in Vakataka Inscriptions (1987); and Dharma, Samaj aur Sanskriti (2005). He edited Indian Archaeology since Independence (1996) and Reason and Archaeology (1998). He has published widely in academic journals, on ancient Indian history and archaeology. He is currently working on a projected Dictionary of Social, Economic and Administrative Terms in Indian Inscriptions.