Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations
Orient Blackswan, 1978 - 396 pages
A collection of papers that interprets afresh, known facts about the early period of Indian history up to the end of the first millennium AD. The papers discuss several associated themes such as society and religion, social classification and mobility and the study of regional history. A useful reference book for postgraduate students of History.
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