This is a comprehensive, intelligible, and interesting portrait of Ancient Indian History and Civilization from a national historical point of view. The work is divided into three broad divisions of the natural course of cultural development in Ancient India: (1) From the prehistoric age to 600 B.C., (2) From 600 B.C. to 300 A.D., (3) From 300 A.D. to 1200 A.D. The work describes the political, economic, religious, and cultural conditions of the country, the expansionist activities, the colonisation schemes of her rulers in the Far East. Political theories and administrative organizations are also discussed but more stress has been laid on the religious, literary and cultural aspects of Ancient India. Among the more important additions may be mentioned the chapters on the prehistoric age, including the Indus Valley Civilization, more detailed account of the ancient republican clans and the various medieval local dynasties, especially those of the south and the development of art and colonization. Important changes, though much less extensive, have been made in chapters dealing with political theory and administrative system, as well as the social and economic condition and an entirely new section on coins has been added. Considerable other modifications and rearrangements, involving re-grouping of chapters, have been made and more copious footnotes and fuller bibliography have been added for the guidance of advanced students. The book is of a more advanced type. It would meet the needs not only of general readers but also of earnest students who require a thorough grasp of the essential facts and features before taking up specialized study in any branch of the subject. It would also fulfill the requirements of the candidates for competitive examinations in which Ancient Indian History and culture is a prescribed subject.
Ramesh Chandra Majumdar ( 1888-1980) was an Indian historian of great repute. . He is sometimes called the dean of Indian historians for his colossal contribution to the study of Indian history. Born at Khandapara, in Faridpur District( now in Bangladesh) he did his B.A. from Presidency College, Calcutta in 1909 and M.A. from Calcutta University in 1911. He got his doctorate for his thesis Corporate Life Ancient India.