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By Hermann Kulke

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ISBN-13: 9780203391266

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ISBN-13: 9780415329194

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Presenting the grand sweep of Indian heritage from antiquity to the current, A heritage of India is an in depth and authoritative account of the most important political, financial, social and cultural forces that experience formed the background of the Indian subcontinent.

Hermann Kulke and Dietmar Rothermund offer a accomplished review of the structural development of Indian background, overlaying every one old interval in equivalent intensity. absolutely revised all through, the 6th version of this hugely available booklet has been mentioned up to now with research of contemporary occasions similar to the 2014 election and its effects, and contains extra dialogue of topics corresponding to caste and gender, Islam, international relatives, partition, and the click and television.

This new version includes an up-to-date chronology of key occasions and an invaluable word list of Indian phrases, and is very illustrated with maps and pictures. Supplemented via a spouse site (, it's a important source for college students of Indian background.

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Sometime around 2650 BC, when the expansion of the Mature Harappan culture started, Kalibangan was abandoned for reasons which are not yet known. It was reconstructed only 50 to 100 years later and its new pattern reflected the design of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro. Now for the first time there was a clear distinction in Kalibangan between an acropolis and a separate lower town. The acropolis was built on the ruins of old Kalibangan which had become partly covered by sand. The lower town was situated at a distance of about 120 feet from the acropolis and was about four times larger than old Kalibangan.

It is quite likely that this population was responsible for the continuity of certain traits of Harappan civilisation like the worship of animals and trees which changed and enriched the Vedic culture during the subsequent two millennia. However, the first clearly documented historical evidence of these Vedic Aryans comes neither from central Asia nor from India but from upper Mesopotamia and Anatolia. About 1380 BC a Mitanni king concluded a treaty with the Hittite ruler Suppiluliuma I in which the Vedic gods Mitra, Varuna, Indra and the Nasatyas were invoked.

Mohenjo-Daro was probably the capital of this earliest state in south Asia which might already have developed certain features of an early empire. Harappa and Kalibangan as subsidiary centres may have enjoyed some regional autonomy; perhaps Mohenjo-Daro held sway over the whole region only for a relatively short period. If this interpretation of the evidence is correct, state formation in the Indus valley proceeded along similar lines 28 E A R LY C I V I L I S AT I O N S O F T H E N O RT H W E S T 1111 2 3 4 51 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 31 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44111 as that in the Ganges valley some 1,500 years later.

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