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From Lineage to State: Social Formations of the Mid-First Millenium BC in the Ganga Valley

Romila Thapar


This book is a brief but concise collection of lectures which discuss the nature of early Indian society during the mid-first millennium BC and relate it to the ancient Indian historical tradition in its earliest forms. It also looks at the particular character of social formations, their genesis, and continuity as part of the later Indian social landscape. Examining the social and political formulations of the period, this volume analyses the transformation of lineage-based societies into state formulations. It considers the migration and arrival of the monarchies in the middle Ganga valley, ... More

Keywords: early Indian society, social formations, state formation, lineage societies, monarchies, middle Ganga valley, caste

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780195626759
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195626759.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Romila Thapar, author
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi