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Banaras, The Heritage City of India

This book describes various facets of geography, history and heritage of Varanasi, the heritage city of India, on/about which a

Chandragupta Maurya

A Ksatriya hero of little-known antecedents, Chandragupta Maurya was unmistakably a born leader of men, who within twenty-four years of

Economy & Society in Early India

This book is a refreshing study of some of the basic issues in the current historiographical debate on early Indian economy and society. It identifies major trends in the writings on early Indian economic history, and analyses the increasingly oppressive nature of ancient Indian land revenue system and the economic role of early medieval south Indian temples.

History and Time An Indian Perspective

The modern West accords great preeminence to “History”, and therein situates, for the most part, the essence and meaning of

On Yuan Chwang’s Travels in India

Yuan Chwang or Hiuen Tsiang, the famous Chinese traveller, commands such a high seat of eminence that he is styled as ''one of the three mirrors that reflect Indian Buddhism'' in the country of his birth. To us in India too, he is no ordinary mirror, for had it not been for the records which he so diligently maintained of his visit to India during AD 629 to 645, a good part of our past, of our history, that too of one of the golden periods of this land, would have been lost in the limbo of oblivion. To Yuan Chwang goes the gratitude of all Indians as well as Indian historians.

State And Government In Ancient India

The present work by a well-known authority on Ancient India deals in a comprehensive manner with the ancient Hindu political

The Indian Craftsman

This book The Indian Craftsman, by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy is a study of the second type of genius, the Indian Craftsman. The author has treated his subject from three points of view : the village, the town and the palace or temple, i.e. where the craftsman lived, worked and had their patrons. He has also minutely examined how the caste system, religion and the guild set up standards of quality and enforced their strict adherence.

The Rhythm of History

Arthur Osborne found that while academics investigated the causes of historical incidents, their research was limited, for the most part, to obvious physical causes, but they failed to clarify the overarching but hidden principles that, in his eyes, governed actions and made history. In this book he suggests a different approach to history, giving its due importance to spiritual ideas and teachers, and proposing that ideas shape the physical conditions of society more than the other way round. In his own words:  "The purpose of the present book is not so much to suggest any new philosophy or interpretation of history as to draw attention to a rhythm that runs through it, establishing parallels and coincidences large and obvious enough not to be open to dispute. These will be sufficient at least to show that history is not purely haphazard and yet is also not simple progress." Arthur Osborne observed that so-called progress was not what it appeared to be and that modern civilisation is not necessarily an advance on the discoveries and understanding that ancient civilisations had garnered and demonstrated in their development. He outlined the parallels--not be confused with uniformity--in the different phases through which the great civilizations of mankind passed. In the 18th century there was a radical divergence between the West and East, which is being overcome by the surging of a single world civilization.