Reference Books

List of the Recommended Books


  1. Basham, A. L., The Wonder That Was India (A survey of the history and culture of the Indian sub-continent before the coming of the Muslims), Picador an imprint of Pan Macmillan Ltd: London, 2004 reprint.  
  2. Chakravarti, Ranabir, Exploring Early India up to c. 1300, Macmillan: New Delhi, revised third edition 2016.
  3.  D. D. Kosambi, An Introduction to the Study of Indian History. Popular Prakashan. 1956. 
  4. D. D. Kosambi, Outline History of India
  5. D. N. Jha, Ancient India: An Historical Outline . Manohar Publication.
  6. Majumdar, R. C., The History and Culture of the Indian People. Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan,2015.
  7. Sharma, R. S., India’s Ancient Past. Oxford University Press. 2005.
  8.  Sharma, R. S., Early Medieval Indian Society: A Study in Feudalization, Orient Longman India: Calcutta, 2001.
  9.  Singh, Upinder, A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India: From Stone Age to the 12th Century, Pearson Longman: Delhi, 2009.  
  10.  Thapar, Romila, History and Beyond. OUP India, 2003.
  11. Thapar, Romila, Cultural Past: Essays in Early Indian History, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, reprint 2010.                
  12. Thapar, Romila, Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, third edition 2012.
  13. Thapar, Romila, Early India. K Sagar Publication. 2017.
  14. Chattopadhyaya, B. D., Making of Early Medieval India, Oxford University Press: New Delhi, revised second edition 2012.
  15. Ali, Daud, Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India, Cambridge University Press: New Delhi, 2006.


  1. Chandra, Satish, Medieval India: From Sultanat to the Mughals, 2 vols., New Delhi: Har-Anand Publications, (Reprint), 2007.  
  2. A.B. Panday, EarlyMedieval India. Central Book Depot: Allahabad, 1970.   
  3. Singh, Meera, Medieval History of India. Vikas Pub. House, 1978.
  4. Prasad, Ishwari, A Short History of Muslim rule in India, Surjeet Publication, 2018,  
  5. Mehta, J.L., Advanced Study in the History of Medieval India, Sterling Publishers, 2009.    
  6. Mahajan, V.D., History of Medieval India, S. Chand, 1991.   
  7. Saa, Rizvi, The Wonder that was India, Picador, 2005. 
  8. Habib, Irfan, Medieval India, The Story of Civilization. National Book Trust, 2008,  
  9. Harbans, Mukhia, Exploring India’s Medieval Centuries: Essays in History, Society, Culture & Technology. Aakar Books. 2010.
  10. Verma, H.C. Madhyakalin Bharat, Part 1, HMKN, 2015,  
  11. Tarachand, Influence of Islam on Indian Culture, Creative Media Partners, 1936,    
  12. Habib, Mohammad & Khaliq Ahmad Nizami, (eds.), A Comprehensive History of India, Vol.V: The Delhi Sultanate 1206-1526, New Delhi: Peoples Publishing House, (Reprint), 1993.
  13. Jackson, Peter, The Delhi Sultanate: A Political and Military History, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Paperback 2003.
  14. Nigam, S.B.P., Nobility under the Sultans of Delhi, New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1971.
  15. Nizami, Khaliq Ahmad, Religion and Politics in India during the Thirteenth Century, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, New Edition, 2002.
  16. Qureshi, Ishtiaq Husain, The Administration of the Mughal Empire, Patna: Janaki Prakashan, (reprint), 1979.
  17. Richards, John F., The Mughal Empire, New Delhi: Foundation Books/ Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  18. Singh, Surinder, Madh Kalin Bharat Da Itihas, Patiala: Punjabi University, 1997.
  19. Tripathi, R.P., Some Aspects of Muslim Administration, Allahabad: Central Book Depot. (reprint), 1976.
  20.  Alam, Muzaffar and Sanjay Subrahmanyam, (eds.), The Mughal State 1526-1750, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  21. Ali, M. Athar, Mughal India: Studies in Polity, Ideas, Society and Culture, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  22. Chandra, Satish, Mughal Religious Policies, the Rajputs and the Deccan, New Delhi: Vikas Publishing House, 1993.
  23. Chandra, Satish, Essays on Medieval Indian History, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2010 revised edition
  24. Hasan, S. Nurul, Religion, State and Society in Medieval India, Edited and Introduced by Satish Chandra, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  25. Srivastava, A.L., Akbar the Great, 3 Vols., Agra: Shiva Lal Agarvala & Company, (Second Edition), 1972.
  26. Streusand, Douglas E., The Formation of the Mughal Empire, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1989.


  1. Bandyopadhyay, Sekhar, From Plassey to Partition and After: A Hiatory of Modern India, Orient Blacksawn Private Limited, 2016.
  2. Grover, B. L. A New Look at Modern Indian History, S. Chand Publishing, 2018.    
  3. Chandra, Bipan et al., India’s Struggle for Independence,1857-1947, Delhi: Viking/Penguin Books, 2016.  
  4. Chandra, Bipan, History of Modern India, Orient Black Swan, 2009.  
  5. Chandra, Bipan, The Rise and Growth of Economic Nationalism in India. New Delhi: People’s Publishing House, 1982 (reprint).  
  6. Chabra,  G.SAdvanced Study in the History of Modern India, Lotus Press (Publishers & Distributors) 2005.     
  7. Keswani, K. B. History of Modern India 1819-1964. Asia Book Corp of Amer, 1985.
  8. Desai, A.R., Social Background of Indian Nationalism, Popular Prakashan Ltd. 2011.       
  9. Dutt, R.P. India Today 1940, Read Country Book. 2008.
  10. Shukla R. L. Aadhunik Bharat ka Itihaas, Hindi Madhyam Karyanavya Nideshalya, 2017.      
  11. Sarkar, Sumit, Modern India, 1885-1947, Delhi: Pearson India, 2014.
  12.  Sarkar, Sumit, Writing Social History, Oxford University Press. Delhi. 1997.
  13. Sreedharan E: A Text Book of Historiography (500 B.C to A.D 2000, New Delhi: Orient Longmen, 2004.    
  14. Alavi, Seema (ed.), The Eighteenth Century in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2007 revised edition.
  15. Bayly, C.A., Indian Society and the Making of the British Empire, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, reprint, 1990.
  16. Bayly, C.A., Rulers, Townsmen and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion. Oxford. 2012.
  17. Bipan, Chandra, Communalism in Modern India, Vikas Publishers, Delhi, 1987.
  18. Brown, Judith, Gandhi’s Rise to Power: Indian politics 1915-1922, Cambridge: Cambridge University, Press, 1972.
  19. Guha, Ranajit, ‘On some aspects of Historiography of Colonial India’, in Ranajit Guha ed. Subaltern Studies I, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1997 revised edition.
  20. Guha, Ranajit, Subaltern Studies IV, Oxford University Press, 1997.
  21. Guha, Ranajit & Gayatri Spivak, Selected Subaltern Studies, Oxford University Press. 1988.
  22. Guha, Ranajit, A Subaltern Studies Reader (1986-1995). Oxford. 2000.
  23. Mishra, B.B., Administrative History of India, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1983.
  24. Nanda, B.R., Making of a nation: India’s Road to Independence, Delhi: Harper-Collins, 1998.
  25. Pandey, Gyanender, Remembering Partition, Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  26. Prasad, Bisheshwar, Bondage and Freedom, 2 vols. New Delhi: Rajesh Publishers, 1977.
  27. Sen, S.P. ed., Historians and Historiography in Modern India, Institute of Historical Studies, Calcutta, 1973.
  28. Shashi, Joshi, Struggle for Hegemony in India 1920-34, vol. 1, New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1992.
  29. Brown Judith, Modern India, The Origins of an Asian Democracy 2nd ed., Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  30. Guha, Ranajit, Elementary Aspects of Peasant Insurgency in Colonial India, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1983.
  31. Hasan, Mushirul, Nationalism and Communal Politics in India, New Delhi: Manohar, 1992.
  32. Marshall, P.J., The Eighteenth Century in Indian History, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2003.
  33. Metcalf, Thomas, Aftermath of Revolt, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1964.
  34. Mukherjee, R.K., Rise and Fall of the East India Company, Popular, Bombay, 1973.
  35. Mukhopadhyaya, Subodh K., Evolution of Historiography in Modern India, 1900-1960, K.P. Bagchi, Calcutta, 1980.
  36. Nair, Janaki, Women and Law in Colonial India: a social history, Kali for Women, New Delhi, 1996.
  37. Nanda, B.R., Mahatma Gandhi, Delhi: Allied Publishers , 1968.
  38. Partha, Chatterjee, The Nation and its Fragments, Colonial and Post Colonial Histories, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, reprint, 1994.
  39. Tomlinson, B.R., The Political Economy of the Raj, 1914-1947, London: Macmillan.


  1. Ashraf, K.M., Life and Conditions of the People of Hindustan, New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 2001.
  2. Banerjee, I.B., Evolution of the Khalsa, 2 vols., A. Mukherjee & Co., 1972 (2nd edn.). Fenech Louis E, Martyrdom in the Sikh tradition, OUP, revised edition, 2006.
  3. Harbans Singh, Guru Tegh Bahadur, New Delhi: Manohar, 1994.
  4. Grewal, J.S., The Sikhs of the Punjab, The New Cambridge History of India, New Delhi: CambridgeUniversity Press, 1999 (2nd ed.).
  5. Grewal, J.S., Guru Nanak in History, Chandigarh: Panjab University, 1979.
  6. Mcleod, W.H., ‘The Janam–Sakhis as Historical Sources’, Sikhs and Sikhism, Oxford: Oxford University Press, revised edition, 2004.
  7. Singh, Chetan, Region and Empire: Punjab in the Seventeenth Century, New Delhi: Manohar, 1991.
  8. Singh Sulakhan, Hetrodoxy in the Sikh Tradition, Jalandhar: ABS Publication, 1999
  9. Teja Singh and Ganda Singh, A Short History of the Sikhs: 1469-1765, Vol.I, Patiala: Punjabi University, 1983 (rep.).
  10. Bhai Jodh Singh (tr.), Varan Bhai Gurdas, 3 vols., Patiala: Vision and Vantura, 1998.
  11. Grewal, J.S., ‘Cleavage in the Panth,’ Sikh Ideology, Polity and Social Order, Manohar, 2007, pp: 78-85
  12. Mann, Gurinder Singh, The Making of the Sikh Scripture, New York: 2001.
  13. Mcleod, W.H., Guru Nanak and the Sikh Religion, Oxford: OxfordUniversity Press, 1968.
  14. Talib, Gurbachan Singh (tr.), Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Patiala: Publication Bureau, Punjabi University, IV Vols., 1999.
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