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Chapters of the book:

Chapter-1: The Significance of Ancient Indian History
(Unity in Diversity; The Relevance of the Past to the Present; Chronology)
Chapter-2: Modern Historians of Ancient India
(Colonialist Views and their Contribution; Nationalist Approach and its Contribution; Move Towards Non-Political History; Communal Approach; Chronology)
Chapter-3: Nature of Sources and Historical Construction
(Material Remains; Coins; Inscriptions; Literary Sources; Foreign Accounts; Village Study; Natural Sciences; Historical Sense; Constructing History; Chronology)
Chapter-4: Geographical Setting
(Emergence of India; The Role of the Monsoon; The Northern Boundaries; Rivers; Natural Frontiers and Cultural Contacts; Minerals and Other Resources; Chronology)
Chapter-5: Ecology and Environment
(Ecology; Environment and Human Advance; Surroundings and Settlements; The Rain and Human Effort; Ancient Attitudes Towards the Environment; Chronology)
Chapter-6: The Linguistic Background
(Principal Language Groups; Austro-Asiatic; Tibeto-Burman; Dravidian; Indo-Aryan; Ethnic Groups and Language Families; Chronology)
Chapter-7: Human Evolution: The Old Stone Age
African Ancestors of Human Beings; The Early Man in India; Phases in the Palaeolithic Age; The Mesolithic Age: Hunters and Herders; Art in the Old Stone Age; Earliest Human Organization; Chronology)
Chapter-8: The Neolithic Age: First Food Producers and Animal Keepers
(Earliest Rural Settlements in Baluchistan; Use of Bone Tools in the Sites of Burzahom and Chirand; Neolithic Settlements in South India; Farming and Cereals; Progress in and Limitation of the Neolithic Phase; Chronology)
Chapter-9: Chalcolithic Cultures
(Chalcolithic Settlements; Importance of the Chalcolithic Phase; Limitations of Chalcolithic Cultures; The Copper Hoards and the Ochre-Coloured Pottery Phase; Chronology)
Chapter-10: Harappan Culture: Bronze Age Urbanization in the Indus Valley
(Introduction; Town Planning and Structures; Agriculture; Domestication of Animals; Technology and Crafts; Trade and Commerce; Social Organization; Polity; Religious Practices; The Male Deity in the Indus Valley; Tree and Animal Worship; The Harappan Script; Weights and Measures; Harappan Pottery; Seals and Sealings; Images; Terracotta Figurines; Stone Work; End of the Indus Culture; Maturity; Post-Urban Phase; Percolation of New Peoples; Problem of Origin; Was the Harappan Culture Vedic?; Problem of Continuity; Chronology; Chronology of Harappan Archaeology)
Chapter-11: Identity of Aryan Culture
(Texts for Traits of Aryan Culture; The Horse, its Domestication and Diffusion; The War Chariot; Spoked Wheels; Horse Remains in the Subcontinent; Pit-dwelling; Birch; Cremation; The Fire Cult; Animal Sacrifice; Horse Sacrifice; The Cult of Soma; The Svastika; Language and Inscriptional Evidence; Dispersal of the Indo-Aryans; Chronology)
Chapter-12: The Age of the Rig Veda
(Arrival of the Indo-Aryans; Tribal Conflicts; Cattle Rearing and Agriculture; Tribal Chiefdom; Tribe and Family; Social Differentiation; Rig Vedic Gods; Chronology)
Chapter-13: The Later Vedic Phase: Transition to State and Social Orders
(Expansion in the Later Vedic Period (c.1000–500 BC); Use of Iron; Agriculture; Arts and Crafts; Settlements; Political Organization; Social Organization; Gods, Rituals, and Philosophy; Chronology)
Chapter-14: Jainism and Buddhism
(The Causes of Origin; Vardhamana Mahavira and Jainism; Doctrines of Jainism; Spread of Jainism; Contribution of Jainism; Gautama Buddha and Buddhism; Doctrines of Buddhism; Features of Buddhism and the Causes of its Spread; Causes of the Decline of Buddhism; Significance and Influence of Buddhism; Chronology)
Chapter-15: the Territorial States and the Rise of Magadha
(Conditions for the Rise of Large States; The Mahajanapadas; The Rise and Growth of the Magadhan Empire; Causes of Magadha’s Success; Chronology)
Chapter-16: Iranian and Macedonian Invasions
(Iranian Invasion; Results of the Contact; Alexander’s Invasion; Effects of Alexander’s Invasion; Chronology)
Chapter-17: State Structure and the Varna System in the Age of the Buddha
(Second Urbanization; Rural Economy; Administrative System; Army and Taxation; The Republican Experiment; Social Orders and Legislation; Conclusion; Chronology)
Chapter-18: The Maurya Age
(Chandragupta Maurya; Imperial Organization; Ashoka (273–32 BC); Ashokan Inscriptions; Impact of the Kalinga War; Internal Policy and Buddhism; Ashoka’s Place in History; Chronology)
Chapter-19: The Significance of Maurya Rule
(State Control; Economic Regulations; Art and Architecture; Spread of Material Culture and the State System; Causes of the Fall of the Maurya Empire—Brahmanical Reaction, Financial Crisis, Oppressive Rule, New Knowledge in the Outlying Areas, Neglect of the North-West Frontier and the Great Wall of China; Chronology)
Chapter-20: Central Asian Contact and Mutual Impact
(I Political Aspects—The Indo-Greeks, The Shakas, The Parthians, The Kushans, The Indo-Sassanians; II Cultural Consequences—Structures and Pottery, Better Cavalry, Trade and Agriculture, Polity, New Elements in Indian Society, The Origin of Mahayana Buddhism, Gandhara and Mathura Schools of Art; Language, Literature, and Learning; Science and Technology; Chronology)
Chapter-21: The Satavahana Phase
(Political History; Aspects of Material Culture; Social Organization; Pattern of Administration; Religion; Architecture; Language; Chronology)
Chapter-22: The Dawn of History in the Deep South
(The Megalithic Background; State Formation and the Development of Civilization; Three Early Kingdoms; The Purse and the Sword; Rise of Social Classes; Beginnings of Brahmanism; Tamil Language and Sangam Literature; Social Evolution from Sangam Texts; Chronology)
Chapter-23: Crafts, Commerce, and Urban Growth (200 BC-AD 250)
(Crafts and Craftsmen; Types of Merchants; Trade Routes and Centres; Goods in Foreign Trade; Money Economy; Urban Growth; Chronology)
Chapter-24: Rise and Growth of the Gupta Empire
(Background; Chandragupta I (AD 319–34); Samudragupta (AD 335–80); Chandragupta II (AD 380– 412); Fall of the Empire; Chronology)
Chapter-25: Life in the Gupta Age
(System of Administration; Trends in Trade and the Agrarian Economy; Social Developments; The State of Buddhism; The Origin and Growth of Bhagavatism; Art; Literature; Science and Technology; Chronology)
Chapter-26: Spread of Civilization in Eastern India
(Signs of Civilization; Orissa and Eastern and Southern MP; Bengal; Assam; The Formative Phase; Chronology)
Chapter-27: Harsha and His Times
(Harsha’s Kingdom; Administration; Buddhism and Nalanda; Chronology)
Chapter-28: Brahmanization, Rural Expansion, and Peasant Protest in the Peninsula
(The New Phase; States of the Deccan and South India; The Kalabhra Revolt; Conflict between the Pallavas and the Chalukyas; Temples; Demands on the Peasantry; Land Grants and Rural Expansion; Social Structure and Brahmanization; Chronology)
Chapter-29: Developments in Philosophy
(Goals of Life; Samkhya; Yoga; Nyaya; Vaisheshika; Mimamsa; Vedanta; Charvaka and the Materialistic View of Life; Chronology)
Chapter-30: Cultural Interaction with Asian Countries
(India’s Relations with the Outside World; Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, China, and Central Asia; Christianity and West Asian Relations; Indian Culture in Southeast Asia; Cultural Give and Take; Chronology)
Chapter-31: From Ancient to Medieval
(Social Crisis and Agrarian Changes; Rise of Landlords; New Agrarian Economy; Decline of Trade and Towns; Changes in the Varna System; Rise of Regional Identities; Trends in Literature; The Divine Hierarchy; The Bhakti Cult; Tantrism; Summary; Chronology)
Chapter-32: Sequence of Social Changes
(Introduction; Tribal and Pastoral Phase; Agriculture and the Origin of the Upper Orders; The Varna System of Production and Government; Social Crisis and the Rise of the Landed Classes; Summary; Chronology)
Chapter-33: Legacy in Science and Civilization
(Religion; The Varna System; Philosophical Systems; Crafts and Technology; Polity; Science and Mathematics; Medicine; Geography; Art and Literature; Strength and Weakness; Chronology)
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