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The First Spring Part 1: Life in the Golden Age of India

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Part One of a brilliant study of ancient Indian civilization

For about a thousand years, from around the middle of the first millennium BCE, to around the middle of the first millennium CE, India was a prosperous and marvellously creative civilization. The unprecedented economic prosperity that India enjoyed in the first half of the first millennium CE was a crucial
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Kindle Edition, 520 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Penguin
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Himanshu Bhatnagar
It is difficult, when writing history, to stay distant from one's own prejudices, our pet ideas, our personal viewpoints. This, of course, makes history organic and imbues it with a life that the sciences do not have. Maybe that's one of the reasons why history never can become a science (which is a little ironic, given how much science goes into modern historical research).

Abraham Eraly's book "The First Spring: Vol 1" is no different. Ho looks at his subject as dispassionately as he can, but
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Writing about the cultural history of a nation is a tricky business. Having composed and compiled long ago, inconsistency in the ancient texts is bound to occur. Besides, the moral code that applied to the ancient society would be radically different from what is in force at the present time. These two factors manage to set up a virtual minefield for the researcher. Though considerable freedom of selection is thus guaranteed, the ideals and aspirations of the descendants of that civilization ...more
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Abraham Eraly is an Indian writer. He has written many acclaimed books on Indian history.
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