The Clash of Chronologies: Ancient India in the Modern World

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Author: Thomas R. Trautmann

9788190618656 | PB | pp.350 | 2009 | Yoda Press

The Clash of Chronologies shows the crucial value of the ancient period of Indian history for understanding India’s deep history. This is a critical volume for students and scholars of ancient as well as modern Indian History, Anthropology and Linguistics.

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The Clash of Chronologies shows the crucial value of the ancient period of Indian history for understanding India’s deep history. In this valuable volume, Thomas Trautmann makes this connection with great acuity through a series of studies, on topics ranging from the contrasting theories of time and history in India and Europe, persistent codes of kinship and marriage between north and south India, the conjuncture of ancient Indian and European traditions of language analysis in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, legacies of European scholars of India’s deep history such as Sir William Jones and A.L.Basham, and structures of the ancient Indian state.

At a time when ancient history is being dismissed by some as a projection of colonial rule or hyper-magnified by others as the charter of the modern state, this book finds a middle way that restores the true weight and value of ancient history, namely as an essential component of the long view, a way of finding our place and a tool for making a future. This is a critical volume for students and scholars of ancient as well as modern Indian History, Anthropology and Linguistics.

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Author:

Thomas R. Trautmann

ISBN:

9788190618656

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

350

Year of Publishing:

2009

Publisher:

Yoda Press

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

Thomas R. Trautmann is a renowned American historian and Professor Emeritus of History and Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the Arthashastra, the ancient Hindu text on kinship. Trautmann has mentored many students during his professorship at the University of Michigan. He is widely considered to be one of the most well-cited historians of our time. He has written an accessible introduction to the Arthashastra, which was a part of The Story of Indian Business Series by best-selling author, Gurcharan Das. Trautmann’s work has been credited with illuminating the underlying economic philosophy that governed ancient Indian kinship. Das has pointed to the invaluable lessons this work provides for the modern age.

Trautmann has served as director of the University of Michigan History Department, as well as head of the Center for South Asian Studies. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of London. His studies focus on Ancient India and other subjects.

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