South Asian Civilizations

A Bibliographic Synthesis

Maureen L. P. Patterson

South Asian Civilizations
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Maureen L. P. Patterson

894 pages | 2 maps | © 1981
Cloth $121.00 ISBN: 9780226649108 Published December 1981
indispensable Patterson, the preeminent bibliographer in the area of South Asian studies, has here devised an indispensible reference tool. She has drawn together over 28,000 periodical and monographic references to humanistic, social-science, and nontechnical-science works. These include works that date from the earliest times to the present day and works in South Asian as well as Western languages.

This information is organized in accord with indigenous South Asian concepts and categories within the threefold dimensions of time, space, and topic. These units and their interrelationships are first laid out in an outline of headings that constitutes, in the aggregate, a self-contained reference outline of Indic civilization. Each unit and its subdivisions are then presented as the headings for the bibliographic sections that form the main body of the book. This conceptual structure, in combination with the author and subject indexes, offers the reader several means of access to the entries themselves, making South Asian Civilizations a work that will be of great use to a wide audience.
Scope and Purpose
Selection: Limits, Inclusions and Exclusions
A Note on Administrative Documents
Structure and Organization
On the Use of the Bibliography
Note on Transliteration
List of Abbreviations
The Outline of Headings
The Bibliographic Entries
Part One - Overview of the Great Tradition
1. Traditional South Asia: Enduring Structures and Concepts through Space and Time
Part Two - Four Ages of Historical Evolution: Subcontinental and Regional
2. Prehistory and Protohistory of South Asia to 600 BC: The Paleolithic through the Vedic Age
3. Ancient India: c. 6th Cent. BC to 6th Cent. AD, from the Time of the Buddha through the Imperial Guptas
4. Early "Medieval" South Asia, 600-1526 AD: Emergence of Regional Traditions and Penetration of Islam
5. The Mughals, Marathas, and the Rise of British Power: South Asia in an Era of World Integration and Interaction, 1526-1818
Part Three - Transformations in the Modern Age: National Level
6. The Raj: Princely and British India, from Company to Empire to Independence (1818-1947)
7. The Present-Day South Asian Subcontinent in its Global Context, 1947-
8. India as Nation-State: The Challenge of Development in the World's Largest Democracy, 1947-
9. The Islamic State of Pakistan: Genesis, Division, and Development, 1947-71, 1971-
Part Four - Transformations in the Modern Age: The Eight Geo-Cultural Areas
10. Ceylon to Sri Lanka: Cosmopolitan Island, Colony to Nation-State, 1796-1948, 1948- ; The Maldives
11. The Dravidian South of India: Cultural Distinctness Versus National Integration, 1800-
12. Middle India: Contrasts of Tradition and Modernity in an Area of Transition between North and South; Persistence of Tribal Cultures, Princely Conservatism and Urban Progress, 1818-
13. The Northwest: The Indus Valley and Mountain Frontier, 1799-
14. North India: The Populous Hindi-Speaking Ganga Plains, India's Political and Cultural Heartland, 1801-
15. The Northeast: The Bengal-Bangladesh and Assam Area of the Ganga Delta and Brahmaputra Valley, 1813-
16. The Himalayas and Eastern Mountain Rim of India, Nepal and Bhutan: Fringes of Tibetan, Buddhist, and Southeast Asian Cultures, 1816-
17. The Indic Diaspora: South Asian Communities Throughout the World
Part Five - Reference Resources
18. Introductions and General Research Guides for Travellers and Scholars
Author Index
Subject Index
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