A history text-book in these days is expected to contain much information which was not generally included in such books and to present facts clearly and fully in their relation to the life of the people. A mere chronicle of battles and sieges is no longer found interesting and the common experience of all teachers is that the old method of dealing with history is likely to kill interest in its study. Though the real subject of history is still the political activity of man, the tendency in our times is to widen its scope by dealing with the social and economic life of the country. All aspects of life are interrelated and no one aspect can be fully understood by rigidly excluding the rest. This book is different from other in as much as it gives in a short compass the entire story of India's development throughout the ages. It describes not merely the battles and sieges and the activities of kings and statesmen but also portrays the life of the people in all its essential particulars. This plan is wholly new and, no other short book on Indian history fulfils the purpose as this book does. An attempt has been made to include in this book new facts and to interpret them correctly and sympathetically. Details which seemed to be tedious and unnecessary have been omitted and the political history of each epoch is closed with a survey of civilization and social progress. The chronological method has not been abandoned, for many readers find it difficult to follow history without it. Author have tried to combine the chronological and topical methods which, will facilitate the understanding of historical events without creating any confusion. Maps and sketches have been provided to illustrate historical events, and pictures have been added to give the reader an idea of Indian architecture, sculpture, painting and other arts.

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