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Interpretations of Early Indian History
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From the Katz Lectures in the Humanities: "Dr. Romila Thapar is one of the world’s foremost experts on ancient Indian history. Thapar received her doctoral degree from London University in 1960 and returned to a newly independent India to pursue her teaching and scholarship. Her research on ancient India has evolved new ways of reading evidence from archaeology, mythology, literature, philosophy, ritual texts, folklore, and other sources. The results have yielded illuminating perspectives on contemporary India as well as new comparative and conceptual insights for historical studies more broadly. First published in 1966, Thapar’s History of India, Vol.1, has been in print ever since. Thapar’s subsequent books—and there are many—have secured her reputation as one of the most distinguished and productive scholars in her field. Her most recent book, Somanatha: The Many Voices of a History (2004), provides a new frame for understanding a pivotal moment in Indian history. In 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress appointed her as the first holder of the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South."
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