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A People's History of India

February 2023

6.25 x 9.5 inches

(x+78) 88 pages

ISBN : 978-93-82381-52-5

Language: English

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Prehistory by Irfan Habib describes the earliest ages of human life in India, long before the existence of written records.

It is part of a larger project, A People’s History of India, but is also intended to stand alone as an indep[endent monograph. In this monograph, as well as the others, the style is sought to be kept simple without making it ‘popular’, rhetorical or inexact. Use of technical terms is kept to a minimum, and an effort is made to provide a workable explaination of each term at first use. So too, abbreviations are avoided if these would mean nothing to the lay reader.

The monograph is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 treats, in brief, the geological formation of India, and changes in its climate and natural environment in so far as these relate to an understanding of our prehistory and history. Chapter 2 provides the story of man, first in the global context, and then within India. Chapter 3 describes the coming of agriculture and the beginnings of exploitative relationships.

Technical or controversial matters that need special attention are dealt with in notes appended to each chapter. There are bibliographical notes, where the more important books and articles covering the subject of the chapter are listed with brief comments. There are also tables, maps and figures, which are useful aids in understanding the subject as well as interesting in themselves.

Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib, Professor Emeritus at the Aligarh Muslim University, is the author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India, 1556–1707 (1963; revised edition 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995), Medieval India: The Study of a Civilization (2007), Economic History of Medieval India, 1200–1500 (with collaborators) (2011) and Atlas of Ancient Indian History (with Faiz Habib) (2012). He has co-edited The Cambridge Economic History of India, Vol. I (1982), UNESCO'S History of Humanity, Vols. 4 and 5, and UNESCO'S History of Central Asia, Vol. 5. He is the General Editor of the People's History of India, and has authored several volumes in the series.