A student-friendly textbook covering the fundamentals of social formations and cultural patterns of the ancient and medieval world.
Ancient and Medieval World provides an accessible overview of the period ranging from the evolution of human beings to the end of the Middle Ages in Europe.
The book intricately weaves in the research findings of the last decade, which brought about new dimensions on social, economic, political, religious and several other themes of the ancient and medieval world. It presents a comprehensive and well-balanced assessment of the various developments, discoveries and debates in human history that paved the way for the modern world. The use of various maps, images, tables and other robust pedagogical features will motivate readers to read more and help them to connect better with the topic. This book is an ideal companion for students of history, UGC NET and UPSC aspirants as well as general readers.
* Closely integrates recent research and studies on the subject that have appeared over the last decade.
* Introduction of topics and themes such as Nomadic Groups in Central and West Asia and Religion and Culture in Medieval Europe along with new sub-themes.
* Provides maps, images, keywords, review questions and extensive bibliography for clearer understanding of themes and issues.
* Extensive summary at the end of each chapter to help the reader recapitulate better.
Rakesh Kumar has done his graduation, post-graduation, MPhil and PhD in history from the University of Delhi. He has 28 years of teaching and evaluation experience at the undergraduate level. His area of specialisation is medieval Indian history, but his interest area goes beyond to cover studies dealing with ancient and medieval world. He has written on several themes related to medieval Indian history such as `Nature of the Mughal State', `Currency System during the Mughal Age', `Art of Printing and Painting of Cloth during the Mughal Period', `Ghalib's Contribution towards Urdu Literature', `Indo-Persian Literature: Works of Amir Khusrau' to mention a few. His passion for teaching and care for students has meant that most of his publications have been aimed towards benefitting the students. The present work is a move in the similar direction with a difference that while his earlier publications had readership primarily among students of the University of Delhi, this book, it is hoped, would benefit students at the pan-India level. His devotion towards teaching has earned him the `Teaching Excellence Award' conferred by the University of Delhi on its Foundation Day (1 May) in 2014. Dr Kumar's MPhil dissertation was entitled Labourers and Artisans in the City of Agra (16th-17th Centuries) and his PhD thesis was entitled Towns, Bazars and the Working Population in the Ahmadabad Region during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Rakesh Kumar has also presented papers in international seminars organised by the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Lal Nehru University. As a member of the courses committee of the University of Delhi, Dr Kumar has been actively involved in the university's syllabus revision and curriculum framing exercises. Presently, he is working as an Associate Professor, Department of History, Ram Lal Anand College (University of Delhi).
Preface Evolution of Humans; Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Cultures Beginnings of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Bronze Age Civilisations-I: (Mesopotamia and Egypt) Bronze Age Civilisations-II: (Shang and Minoan) Nomadic Groups in Central and West Asia: Advent of Iron and its Implications Ancient Greece Ancient Rome-I: Rome under Republic, Principate and Empire Ancient Rome- II: Religion and Culture in Ancient Rome and the Crisis and Decline of the Roman Empire Feudal Polity, Society and Economy in Europe: 8th-14th Century Religion and Culture in Medieval Europe Islamic Societies in West Asia Index