About the Book :
This work is the first analytical and comprehensive account of the civilization of Assam from earliest to the present times. Its object is to acquaint the readers with the forces and factors moulding the society and culture of Assam through the ages. It analyses the salient features of Assamese civilization giving proper weightage to the contributions made by different tribes or ethnic groups of both the hills and the plains as well by the followers of different faiths towards its growth and development.
The work is divided into four parts. Part I gives a brief idea of the present state of Assam. It also discusses the source materials as well as the pre-history and the proto-history of the land. Part II deals with the ancient period beginning with the legendary kings till the dismemberment of the ancient kingdom of Pragjyotisha or Kamarupa in the close of the twelfth century AD. Part III treats the history of the medieval period from the rise of different tribal states on the ruins of the ancient kingdom till the fall of the Ahom monarchy in 1826. Part IV deals with the modern period covering the history of the British rule upto the attainment of the country's Independence in 1947. It also contains a chapter dealing briefly with the events after Independence. The authoress has made full use of all available sources, published and unpublished, preserved in different libraries within and outside the state. Attempt has been made to make the information up-to-date with proper notes and references and the treatment clear and precise. The work also contains a bibliography, glossary and index.
About the Author :
Swarna Lata Baruah is Professor in the Department of History, Dibrugarh University. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from Dibrugarh University for her dissertation 'Rajamantri Purnananda Burhagohain and His Times' in 1972.
Professor Baruah was a member of the Executive Committe of the Indian History Congress, Vice-President of the North-East India History Association and of the North-East Council for Social Science Research. At present, she is actively associated with women's studies and writing profusely about women's problems. She has specialisation in the history and culture of North-East and published numerous articles on the subject in scholarly journals. Her other book Last Days of Ahom Monarchy: A History of Assam from 1769 to 1826 (1994) is also published by us.