A People’s History of India 2: The Indus Civilization

Irfan Habib


(First published in 2008)


x + 114 pages

9.5 x 6.25 inches

ISBN: 978-81-89487-86-7

Rs 200

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The Indus Civilization by Irfan Habib forms Volume 2 of the People’s History of India series (of which seven volumes have been published). It continues the story from the point reached in the preceding volume, Prehistory, and goes on to describe in depth the Indus Civilization. In addition, other contemporary and later cultures down to about 1500 bc are surveyed, and there is a discussion on how the major language families of India have emerged.

Irfan Habib, Professor Emeritus of History at Aligarh Muslim University, is the General Editor of the People’s History of India series. He is the author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India (1963; revised edition 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995) and Medieval India: The Study of a Civilization (2008)


“Prof. Habib’s admirable book . . . is clearly written, effectively organized, better illustrated than most Indian productions and very nicely designed. Readers learn a good deal about the general nature of  archaeological research in the bargain. [It contains] a helpful and ample bibliography. . . .”

– Antiquity 

“The material on the Harappan culture or the Indus Civilization is well compiled in this little book . . . there are enough nuggets of information in this book that a historian like Irfan Habib, far more than many archaeologists, is able to uncover.”

– The Book Review