Madhyakalin Bharat (Rajneeti, Samaj aur Sanskriti) | Satish Chandra - Orient BlackSwan
Madhyakaleen Bharat (written in Hindi) is a book on the history of Medieval India. It covers the period between the eighth century and seventeenth century. Generally, most of the books on the history of medieval India start around 1206, the period of the Turkish invasion and establishment of Turkish rule in parts of north India. The present book Madhyakaleen Bharat breaks this traditional pattern by starting at a much earlier date, from eight century onwards. The four hundred years from the eighth century to twelfth century, although a very significant period in Indian history, is a lesser studied period. The significance of this period lies in the fact that the ancient Indian society was slowly changing and taking a new shape - marked by profound changes in polity, economy, society and culture. Very few books which survey medieval Indian society dig into this period. However, professor Satish Chandra has not only investigated this period, he has ensured that his investigation is comprehensible to the general reader. He is thus able to give a fuller picture of medieval period in India.
The present book is written in a textbook format. It is an important book in the sense that it treats the subject-matter in a way which does away with the stereotyped analyses and attitudes and inculcates in the readers, who should largely be college and university students, a fresh attitude towards viewing history. It gives them a general idea of the findings of other important historians and therefore readers can, in a single volume, have glimpses of modern trends of writings on this period. Above all, the book is very readable.