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Thapar, Romila

Works: 243 works in 907 publications in 5 languages and 9,990 library holdings
Genres: History  Nonfiction television programs  Television news programs  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Miscellanea  Biography  Sources  Documentary television programs  Television programs 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Other, Editor, Honoree, Interviewee
Classifications: DS436, 934
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Most widely held works about Romila Thapar
Most widely held works by Romila Thapar
A history of India by Romila Thapar( Book )

81 editions published between 1965 and 2003 in 5 languages and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Volume 1 traces the history of India up to contact with modern Europe in the sixteenth century. Volume 2 covers the history of India up to the reign of Nehru
The past before us : historical traditions of early north India by Romila Thapar( )

15 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 1,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description:The claim, often made, that India--uniquely among civilizations--lacks historical writing distracts us from a more pertinent question, according to Romila Thapar: how to recognize the historical sense of societies whose past is recorded in ways very different from European conventions. In The Past Before Us, a distinguished scholar of ancient India guides us through a panoramic survey of the historical traditions of North India. Thapar reveals a deep and sophisticated consciousness of history embedded in the diverse body of classical Indian literature. The history recorded in such texts as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata is less concerned with authenticating persons and events than with presenting a picture of traditions striving to retain legitimacy and continuity amid social change. Spanning an epoch of nearly twenty-five hundred years, from 1000 BCE to 1400 CE, Thapar delineates three distinct historical traditions: an Itihasa-Purana tradition of Brahman authors; a tradition composed mainly by Buddhist and Jaina scholars; and a popular bardic tradition. The Vedic corpus, the epics, the Buddhist canon and monastic chronicles, inscriptions, regional accounts, and royal biographies and dramas are all scrutinized afresh--not as sources to be mined for factual data but as genres that disclose how Indians of ancient times represented their own past to themselves
Śakuntalā : texts, readings, histories by Romila Thapar( )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The importance of Sakuntala as personifying Indian womanhood in Indian literature and culture is undisputed. This book attempts to explore some of the links between culture, history and gender, and between literature and history, through reading variant versions of the narrative of Sakuntala. These include the stories in the Mahabharata, the play by Kalidasa, and the eighteenth-century katha in Braj. The transformation of Sakuntala from an autonomous, assertive figure in the Mahabharata, to the quintessential submissive woman in the Kalidasa version, is carefully examined by the author through a fascinating reading of the texts and translations of the play in India and Europe."--BOOK JACKET
Early India : from the origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar( Book )

25 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new book represents a complete rewriting by the author of her A History of India, vol. 1. Includes bibliographical references (p. 542-544) and index
Aśoka and the decline of the Mauryas by Romila Thapar( Book )

58 editions published between 1958 and 2015 in English and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mauryan period witnessed the rise of the first subcontinental empire which required administration appropriate to a changing political economy, communication adequate to a subcontinental territory, and new ideological attempts to draw support from a multicultural population. This book provides a fresh interpretation of the history of early India and its linkages with later developments. It discusses the history of the Mauryas with a special emphasis on the reign and activities of Aśoka. The author focuses on sources, socio-economic conditions, administration, Dhamma, foreign relations, and the decline of the Mauryas. This new edition includes a Pre-word, updating the research on the subject. --
From lineage to state : social formations in the mid-first millennium B.C. in the Ganga Valley by Romila Thapar( Book )

17 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author attempts to define Indian society in the crucial period of the mid-first millennium BC and examines the change that took place from a lineage-based society to the establishment of state systems, taking into account the emergence of a peasant economy and the process of urbanization
Somanatha : the many voices of a history by Romila Thapar( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1029, Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni raided the Hindu temple of Somanatha (Somnath in textbooks of the colonial period). The story of the raid finds little mention except in the Turko-Persian sources but becomes a major event of Indian history during the raj. It was first depicted as a trauma for the Hindu population not in India, but in the House of Commons. The triumphalist accounts of the event in Turco-Persian sources became the main source for most 19th-century historians. It suited some and also helped the British to divide and rule a multi-millioned subcontinent." "In her new book, Romila Thapar reconstructs what took place by studying other sources, including local Sanskrit inscriptions, biographies of kings and merchants of the period, court epics and popular narratives that have survived. The result undermines the traditional version of what took place. These findings also contest the current Hindu religious nationalism that constantly utilises the conventional version of this history."--Jacket
Ancient Indian social history : some interpretations by Romila Thapar( Book )

26 editions published between 1978 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond hate( Visual )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the experiences of world figures (Nadine Gordimer, Vaclav Havel, Elie Wiesel, etc.), gang leaders and young people trying to cope with violence in their lives, this program chronicles the impact of hate on its victims and probes its many dimensions. With Bill Moyers
Cultural pasts : essays in early Indian history by Romila Thapar( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpreting early India by Romila Thapar( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History and beyond by Romila Thapar( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Time as a metaphor of history : early India by Romila Thapar( Book )

17 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It has long been maintained that the only concept of time known to early India was cyclic. This in part accounts for the Indian denial of history, since a sense of history is based on linear time. This study sets the argument in the context of links between time and history. It indicates the existence of linear time in Indian texts, such as genealogies, biographies, and chronicles, where time-reckoning was recorded through generations, regnal years and eras. It is suggested that cyclic and linear time were both used, but that their functions differed. Cyclic time occurs frequently in cosmological contexts and linear time in historical sources. The author argues that historical consciousness existed in early India
Situating Indian history : for Sarvepalli Gopal by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya( Book )

6 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tradition, dissent and ideology : essays in honour of Romila Thapar( Book )

7 editions published between 1996 and 2001 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Organized around the themes of tradition, dissent and ideology, which are in many ways central to Romila Thapar's concerns, this collection of essays covers a time span from the Vedic age to the Nehruvian era of Indian history and ranges across cultural regions from ancient Mesopotamia to Sri Lanka. While problems of a binary opposition between tradition and modernity have long been recognized, a simple inversion with an overemphasis on change is also problematic. This volume shows, through a discussion of Vedic cosmogony and of the colonial codification of custom, how the discourse of continuity remains significant in legitimizing and carrying through changes within tradition. Further, the dialectic of accommodation and marginalization, and the concurrent tendencies of homogenization and differentiation - which characterize the complex history of the fashioning of dominant traditions - are explored through a study of the interaction between pan-Indian Sanskritic traditions and the vernacular Bengal tradition, and between colonial culture and indigenous traditions. The Tamil Siddhas, Tamil bhakti and the medieval Sufis are studied as examples of counter-cultures wherein forces of contestation affirm rather than displace the power of dominant traditions. Essays on the resilience of the Brahmanical tradition and Nehru's attitude to religion and secularism show in different ways how ideologies transform resources of tradition while mobilizing and appropriating them. Finally, essays on the evolution of states and social formations in ancient Mesopotamia, early Tamilakam and Sri Lanka argue that systemic changes do not always represent a total break with the past, that social transformations are linked to shifts in hegemonic discourses, and that narratives of the past define social relations and perceptions of the self and the other in the present
India revisited : conversations on contemporary India by Ramin Jahanbegloo( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In India Revisited, Ramin Jahanbegloo converses with twentyseven leading India personalities-social scientists, journalists, activists, artists, and sports persons-to gain an understanding of contemporary Indian society. Breaking new ground in the East-East dialogue, this book reveals that something more than economic wealth, political power, and technological ambition is needed to combat corruption, poverty, and inequality in India. This, for all of Jahanbeglioo's interviewees, is in line with the the social thinking of great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, and the strength of the pluralistic Indian religious and cultural framework. India Revisited gives a one-of-a-kind view of contemporary India, seen through the eyes of those who have engaged ith the country, her people, and culture through their work and lives
Communalism and the writing of Indian history by Romila Thapar( Book )

18 editions published between 1969 and 2010 in English and Malayalam and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revised version of papers presented at a seminar organised by All India Radio in October 1968
The Penguin history of early India : from the origins to AD 1300 by Romila Thapar( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Incorporating the vast changes in knowledge developed during her lifetime, the author tells the story of this great civilization - one based on diverse, often warring sources - and the buildings and beliefs that are its legacy
Readings in early Indian history by Romila Thapar( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book discusses the period from 1000 BC to the end of the sixth century AD. Divided into five thematic sections, the first section discusses questions like perceptions, historical consciousness, and approaches to the study of ancient Indian history. The second and third parts give a detailed account of changes in society and economy and the evolution and transformation of the political formations from ancient times. The segment on religion presents information on development in the field of religion and philosophy while the last section underlines changes which paved way for new socio-economic and political formations. The new Introduction updates research on the subject and explains the various themes discussed in the volume."--
Recent perspectives of early Indian history by Romila Thapar( Book )

14 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Early India : from the origins to AD 1300
Śakuntalā : texts, readings, historiesEarly India : from the origins to AD 1300Aśoka and the decline of the MauryasSomanatha : the many voices of a historyAncient Indian social history : some interpretationsCultural pasts : essays in early Indian historyInterpreting early IndiaHistory and beyond
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Romil Thapar

Romil Thapar 1931-

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