A passion for history

Upinder Singh teaches in the History department at Delhi University. Her History of Ancient and Early Medieval India, brought out last year in hardcover, and this year in paperback, by Pearson is comprehensive...

Her wide range of research interests and expertise include the analysis of ancient and early medieval inscriptions; social and economic history; religious institutions and patronage; history of archaeology; and modern history of ancient monuments. Her several published books include Kings, Brahmanas, and Temples in Orissa: An Epigraphic Study (AD 300–1147) (1994); Ancient Delhi (1999; 2nd edn., 2006); a book for children, Mysteries of the Past: Archaeological Sites in India (2002); The Discovery of Ancient India: Early Archaeologists and the Beginnings of Archaeology (2004); and Delhi: Ancient History (edited, 2006).

A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India is the most comprehensive textbook yet for undergraduate and postgraduate students. It introduces students to original sources such as ancient texts, artefacts, inscriptions and coins, illustrating how historians construct history on their basis. Its clear and balanced explanation of concepts and historical debates enables students to independently evaluate evidence, arguments and theories. This remarkable textbook allows the reader to visualize and understand the rich and varied remains of India’s ancient past, transforming the process of discovering that past into an exciting experience.

A heavy tome, the 704 page book is available in hardcover, ISBN: 9788131711200 at Rs 3500, and in softcover, ISBN: 9788131716779 at Rs 499.

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