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Title: The historical geography & topography of Bihar, from the Vedic period to the Muslim invasion
Author: Pandey, Mithila Sharan
ISNI:       0000 0004 2675 1187
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1958
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This thesis comprises seven chapters in all. Chapter I is an introduction dealing with the problems of the historical geography of ancient India, the nature of the sources and the dearth of materials. It has been shown in this chapter that no work of purely geographical nature was ever written in ancient India till very late and as such a student is confronted by many troubles in tackling with this problem. This chapter also throws light upon some of the pioneer workers in this field. Chapter II briefly covers the history of Bihar up to the end of 12th Century A. D.. In Chapter III, is discussed the mountain systems in the State of Bihar as they were known to the ancient scholars of this land and to foreigners who visited the country or had heard of those mountains from different sources, while Chapter IV gives an account of the rivers issuing fr%n different sources, their identification and nomenclature in early period of history and changes in their course if known. Chapter V discusses the ancient and early medieval political divisions of Bihar and different types of administrative units in various districts of the state. Chapter VI of the thesis deals.. with ancient and modern place-names of historical importance. An attempt has been made to identify some of the unidentified places and a short account has been given of those modern places whose antiquity is witnessed by ancient ruins and relics, but about whose history literature or archaeology is quite mute. The last chapter deals with the major trade routes which traversed this state from one end to another. In dealing with routes, the nature of the land and the modern lines of communication has always been kept in mind.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: JISC Digital Islam
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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