Asoka and the Decline of the Mauryas

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byRomila Thapar

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The Mauryan period witnessed the rise of the first subcontinental empire which required administration appropriate to a changing political economy, communication adequate to a subcontinental territory, and new ideological attempts to draw support from a multicultural population. This bookprovides a fresh interpretation of the history of early India and its linkages with later developments. It discusses the history of the Mauryas with a special emphasis on the reign and activities of Asoka. The author focuses on sources, socio-economic conditions, administration, Dhamma, foreignrelations, and the decline of the Mauryas. This new edition includes a Pre-word, updating the research on the subject. This book is an important reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students and teachers, as well as researchers of ancient Indian history. It will also interest the informed general reader.

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The Mauryan period witnessed the rise of the first subcontinental empire which required administration appropriate to a changing political economy, communication adequate to a subcontinental territory, and new ideological attempts to draw support from a multicultural population. This bookprovides a fresh interpretation of the history o...

Romila Thapar is Professor Emeritus at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She also holds the Kluge Chair in Countries and Cultures of the South at the Library of Congress, and is Professorial Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. An Honorary Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, she has been Distinguished...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.07 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198077246

ISBN - 13:9780198077244

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Table of Contents

List of PlatesPre-wordList of Abbreviations1. The Background and the Sources2. Early Life, Accession, and Chronology of the Reign of Asoka3. Society and Economic Activity4. Internal Administration and Foreign Relations5. The Policy of Dhamma6. The Later Mauryas7. The Decline of the MauryasConclusionAppendices1. The Date of the Arthastra2. The Titles of Asoka3. The Geographical Location of the Edicts4. Pottery and Coins of the Mauryan Period5. A Translation of the Edicts of Asoka6. Mauryan ArtAfterwordBibliographyIndex