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By P. Masson-Ousel, P. Stern, H. Willman-Grabowska

ISBN-10: 1136200657

ISBN-13: 9781136200656

Originally released among 1920-70,The historical past of Civilization was once a landmark in early 20th century publishing. It was once released at a formative time in the social sciences, and through a interval of decisive ancient discovery.

The target of the final editor, C.K. Ogden, used to be to summarize the freshest findings and theories of historians, anthropologists, archaeologists and sociologists.

This reprinted fabric is accessible as a collection, within the following groupings, or as person volumes:
* Prehistory and old Ethnography
Set of 12: 0-415-15611-4
* Greek Civilization
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* Judaeo-Christian Civilization
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Yet the event had very great consequences, some religious, if it is true, as one feels, that there was some connection between the development of Buddhism and Jainism and the Iranian reformation of Zoroaster, and others cultural, since it gave the country a writing, namely Kharoshthi, the Aramaic script used by the scribes of the Great King. Two early events of a purely Indian character to which we should try to give dates are the beginnings of Buddhism and of Jainism. Let us see why their dates cannot be fixed exactly, but how they can be established approximately.

The absence of a Bronze Age between those of stone and iron is a special feature of Indian prehistory ; and we should add that the bronze objects found in the tombs of Tinnevelly are never weapons. What I have said about human geography entails a hypothetical reconstruction of prehistory. We shall not return here to the subjection of the Munda-speaking peoples by the Dravidians, nor to the later conquest of the Dravidian nations by the Aryans, although these were the decisive events of Indian prehistory.

The year 327 was spent in subduing the hillmen of the Chitral and Swat Rivers, which flow into the Kabul from the north. Alexander founded Nicrea in this semi-Indian country, which he made into 80 ALEXANDER 31 a satrapy under Nicanor. When he came to the region of the Indus he had been for over a year in communication with Ambhi, the crown prince of the state which lay on that river. So the crossing of the Indus on a bridge of boats above the confluence of the Kabul was effected without any opposition, and the army was well received at Takshasila (Taxila), the capital of the state, where Ambhi, on the death of his father, had just become king.

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