CONTENTS:- Vol.1: Historiography: Traditions and Historians: Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Evolution and development; 3. Chinese tradition; 4. Greek Tradition; 5. Roman tradition; 6. British tradition; 7. Russian tradition; 8. French tradition; 9. German tradition; 10. American tradition; 11. Muslim tradition; 12. Muslim historians' accounts. Vol.2: Historiography: Evolution and Development: Preface; 1. Introduction; I. Development of discipline: 2. Ancient phase; 3. Historical background; 4. Archaeology and excavation; 5. Medieval phase; 6. Medieval accounts; 7. Modern phase; 8. British tradition; 9. Oxford and Cambridge trends; 10. Humanist trend; II. Standard accounts (by Western Scholars, on India): 11. Political organization of Aryans; 12. Earliest Folk Assembly; 13. Vedic and Post-Vedic Polity; 14. Aspects of later Vedic polity; 15. Gana and post-Vedic society; 16. Caste, Varna and politics; 17. State administration in Pre-Mauryan age; 18. Polity in Mauryan and Post-Mauryan ages; 19. Politics and religion in Arthashastra; 20. India and the western countries; 21. Imperial expansions. Vol.3: Historiography in India: Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Ancient phase (Hindu, Buddhist and Jain scholars); 3. Medieval phase (Muslim scholars); 4. Early medieval accounts; 5. Recorded medieval history; 6. Modern phase (Western and oriental scholars); 7. Focus of history; 8. Later trends; 9. A review. Vol.4: Historiography: theory and philosophy: Preface; 1. Introduction; I. Theory: 2. Principles and techniques; 3. Concept and scope; 4. Organised form; 5. Various forms; 6. The correlation-ship; II. Philosophy: 7. Philosophy of history; 8. Early phase; 9. Critical and scientific method; III. Various schools: 10. Prussian School; 11. Subaltern School; 12. Ranke School; 13. Annales School; 14. Michel Foucault's New Kind of School; IV. Eminent historiographers: 15. R.G. Collingwood; 16. Spengler and Toynbee; 17. Karl Marx; 18. Leopold Von Ranke; 19. Friedrich Hegel. Research methods: 20. Principles of presentation; 21. Critical method; 22. The causation; 23. The methodology; 24. Narration method; 25. Developed technique; 26. Synthetic operations; 27. Analytical operations; 28. Concluding operations; 29. Institution factor; 30. The determinism; 31. Significance of individual; 32. Historical method; 33. Oriental despotism; 34. The historicism; 35. Future trends. Vol.5: Historiography: Sources and Research: Preface; 1. Introduction; I. Sources and method: 2. Sources to know history; 3. Significant sources; 4. The credibility; 5. Significance of study; II. Coins: a big source: 6. Forms of evidence; 7. Early coins; 8. North Indian coins; 9. Towards west; 10. East and central country; 11. Muizzid Empire; 12. South Asian coins; III. Historical records: 13. Evolution of Indian history; 14. Vedic literature; 15. Hinduism : past and present; 16. Divine principles of Hinduism; 17. Hindu mythology; 18. Hindu philosophy; 19. Great saints.
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