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A New Interpretation Of Indian History

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Professor Kosambi is a Marxist. Few Marxists have devoted much time or thought to the study of early or medieval Indian history, and the few Indologists in communist countries have so far done little to interpret the course of India's past according to Marxist principles. This is perhaps because Indian history does not neatly fit into the system of periodization which Marx and Engels laid down as the necessary course of historical development. There have been other attempts at interpreting the course of Indian history according to the doctrines of Marxism, but there is no doubt that this is the most able and rewarding. The pattern of Indian history which Professor Kosambi draws may be incorrect in several particulars, but his work is so stimulating, so evidently the work of a man of great powers, both of imagination and intellect, that we must register our whole-hearted admiration.

Keywords: Indian history; Indologists; Marxist principles; Professor Kosambi

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