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.
Roughly covering the period from A.D. 1000 to 1300, this volume the fifth in the series, deals with the transition period that marks the end of independent Hindu rule and the beginning of the dominance of Turkish tribes over a large part of India. The unsuccessful efforts of the Turkish invaders in North India, of the Chalukyas in the Deccan, and of the Cholas in South India, as well as of individual rulers, both in the north and in the south, which characterise this period, account for the title The Struggle for Empire of this volume. Altogether this volume gathers for the first time the history of not less than fifty dynasties and their success in the fields of art and architecture, literature, law and administration. There is an elaborate treatment of Sanskrit and a Sanskritic and Dravidian literature in the chapter on "Language and Literature", in which Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi and Telugu make their first appearance. The volume is profusely illustrated with fifty seven text-figures, fifty seven plates and two maps. At the end appears an exhaustive bibliography, chronology, genealogy and a comprehensive index.
The contributors to this volume are:
Dr. D.C.Ganguly, Sri. Nihar Ranjan Ray, Dr. Paramatma Saran, Dr. R.C.Majumdar, Dr. D.C.Sarkar, Dr.A.B.M. Habibullah Dewan Bhadur, Prof. R.Sathianathaier, Dr.U.N.Ghoshal, Dr. A.D.Puslakar, Dr. R.G.Harshe, Dr. K.R.Srinivasa Iyengar, Prof. N.N.Das Gupta, Dr. T.M.P.Mahadevan, Sri M.W.Mirza, Sri. S.K.Saraswati, Dr.S.Krishnaswami Aiyanagar, Dr.M.A.Mehendale,Prof.H.D.Velankar, Dr.S.K.Chatterji, Dr.H.C.Bhayani, Dr.H.L.Jain, Prof.U.C.Bhattacharjee.