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Atlas of Ancient Indian History

Habib, Irfan [u.a.]:
Atlas of Ancient Indian History / Irfan Habib, Faiz Habib. - New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2012. - xvii, 133 S. : Kt. + CD-ROM
ISBN 978-0-19-806564-7
Rs. 4350,00
£ 40,00 (OUP UK)
US$ 112,88 (inkl. Airmail) (Biblia Impex)
US$ 211,50 (Bagchee)
US$ 257,58 (Saujanya)
DDC: 912.34

This book presents the most detailed mapping yet attempted of India during ancient times, from the arrival of man to c. AD 750. The text aims at providing substantiation, through adequate referencing, of what has been depicted on the maps. It also seeks to clarify many problems of archaeology and chronology that beset of ancient India.
   The character of the information varies, to a considerable extent, according to the nature of the sources available. While in the first four maps the atlas mainly delineates the areas of archaeological cultures, in subsequent maps it becomes possible to show approximate boundaries of dynastic states. Economic information is furnished for all periods; and linguistic changes are also traced to the degree possible.
   Over 1075 sites and places are plotted on the maps, and precise coordinates for them are furnished in an index. There is a full bibliography, listing all sources used. The atlas is thus designed to serve both as a work of reference for the researcher and as an aid to the general reader in understanding the ever-changing human geography of our ancient land.

List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Map 1. Evolution and Diffusion
Map 2. Neolithic India
Map 3. Indus Civilization
Map 4. Archaeological Cultures
Map 5. Aryan Expansion
Map 6. India: 600 BC-320 BC
Map 7. Mauryan Empire
Map 8. India 200 BC-320 BC: Political Geography
Map 9. India AD 100-AD 300: Economic Geography
Map 10. India AD 300-AD 550: Inscriptions
Map 11. India AD 550-AD 750: Political
Map 12. India AD 500-AD 750
Textual Descriptions of Maps

FAIZ HABIB (*1962), Cartographer at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, has specialized in the preparation of historical maps, since 1982. These have appeared in Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. II, UNESCO's History of Humanity, Vol. V, the People's History of India series of Aligarh Historians Society/Tulika, and numerous other publications, including those of the Oxford University Press, National Book Trust and Indian Council of Historical Research. He has co-authored with Irfan Habib papers (with maps) on medieval Indian geography as also those on ancient India that have formed the basis of this atlas.

IRFAN HABIB (*1931), Professor Emeritus of History at the Aligarh Muslim University, published his pathbreaking work, Agrarian System of Mughal India, in 1963 (revised ed., 1999). His next major work, An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1983), was a unique effort to provide detailed mapping of individual regions of the time. His more recent works include Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995), Medieval India: The Study of a Civilization and (with collaborators) Economic History of Medieval India (1200-1500) (2010). He is the General Editor of the People's History of India series. He has co-edited Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. I, and the UNESCO's History of Humanity, Vols. IV and V, and the History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Vol. V. His publications cover a wide field, embracing practically all periods of Indian historyand exploring diverse aspects of the past. He has also been the recipient of several national and international honours. Wikipedia [en].

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Habib: Atlas of Ancient Indian History, 2012