This is the first history of India written exclusively by her own people which brings to bear on the problems a detached and critical appreciation. A team of over sixty scholars of repute present herein a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the political, socio-economic and cultural history of the Indian people.
Beginning with a kaleidoscopic picture of the general condition of North India in the 6th century B.C., this second volume of the History and Culture of the Indian People depicts in full detail the growth of the Magadhan empire and the Persian and Macedonian invasions; and surveys the ways of the various dynasties like the Mauryas, the Sungas, the Yavanas, the Sakas, the Pahlavas, the Kushanas, the Saka Satraps, the Satavahanas, the Chedis and the Vakatakas. New light is thrown on interesting old problems such as the Kaniska era, the Vikrama and Saka Samvat. The History of South India and Ceylon during this period is treated at length. The history of the period is rounded off with a chapter on India and the Western World, and Colonial and Cultural Expansion.
The contributors to this volume are:
Dr. B.C. Law, Dr. N. Dutt, Dr. R.K.Mookerjee, Dr. J. N. Banerjea, Dr. H.C. Raychaudhuri, Dr. A. D. Pusalkar, Dr. D.C. Sarkar, Dr. A.M. Ghatage, Dr. R.C.Majumdar, Dr. V.M. Apte, Dr. S.K. Aiyangar, Dr. T.M.P. Mahadevan, Dr. M.A. Mehendale, Prof. H.D. Bhattacharyya, Prof. H.D. Velankar, Prof. U.C. Bhattacharjee, Dr. K.R.S. Iyengar, Prof. S.K.Saraswati, Dr. Beni Prasad, Dr. N.R.Ray, Dr. U.N. Ghoshal.
39 plates adequately illustrate the best specimens of the unique artistic achievements of this period.