A Syllabus of Indian Civilization

A Syllabus of Indian Civilization

A Syllabus of Indian Civilization

A Syllabus of Indian Civilization

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This syllabus is intended for use in introductory courses in Indian civilization. It should serve a variety of functions for teacher and student. We have arranged the forty topics in the sequence which we generally follow in our own course in Indian Civilization and other instructors may wish to use this pattern as well. Within each topic there is a skeleton of concepts and factual information which may be valuable to the student both in the preliminary grasping of a difficult subject and in reviewing an area after he has participated in classes and is reflecting upon what he has learned. The annotated reading assignments and suggestions and the discussion questions are meant to send the student deeper into his study of Indian civilization.

Arrangement of topics. The material is arranged to stress the characteristic features of Indian civilization within an historical framework. We have followed the broad line of historical development in India and within this context we have tried to suggest the interplay of historical forces and specific cultural, religious, literary, political, and economic developments. We have been influenced in our approach by historically-minded anthropologists and culturally-minded historians, whose treatment of things Indian has seemed most fruitful to us. We have tried to consider ideas within their relevant historical situations in order to illuminate them, as well as considering the general view of political and cultural history. But like any syllabus or series of outlines, the elements in our syllabus are only a beginning to which student and teacher add flesh and muscle, elaborated content, further detail, and richness.

In the traditional section, major religious, social, and cultural developments which overlap defined chronological periods are necessarily introduced as separate topics. In the modern section . . .

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