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Mauryan India

 
Irfan Habib (Author) Vivekanand Jha (Author) People's History of India
Synopsis

Mauryan India, as part of the People's History of India series, covers the period from about 350BC to about 185BC, thereby encompassing the invasion of Alexander (327-325BC) and the history of the Mauryan Empire (c.354-185BC). There is a detailed account of the inscriptions of Ashoka and their significance. A picture of the economy, society and culture of the time follows, constructed out of the varied sources available, epigraphic, textual and archaeological. An effort is made throughout to keep the reader abreast of recent discoveries, and to share with him the reasons for all conclusions and inferences. There are special notes on Mauryan chronology, the date of the Arthashastra, the science of epigraphy, and the dialects of Ashokan Prakrit. As many as fifteen excerpts from Indian and Greek Sources, including ten full edicts of Ashoka, are provided. There are nine maps (five of them exceptionally detailed) and twenty illustrations (Black-and white). The volume is addressed to both the general reader and the student, and attempts to cover all topics that conventional textbooks include besides much other material that a 'people's history' needs to be concerned with, such as economic life, technology, social structure, gender relations, modes of exploitation, language, varied aspects of culture, etc. it is hoped that is will be considered a readable addition to what has so far been written on the Mauryan Empire.

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About the authors

Irfan Habib

Irfan Habib, formerly Professor of History at Aligarh Muslim University, is a well-known historian and author of The Agrarian System of Mughal India 1556-1707 (1963; second rev. edn. 1999), An Atlas of the Mughal Empire (1982), and Essays in Indian History: Towards a Marxist Perception (1995). He is also the author of Prehistory (2001), the first in a series of monographs on a People’s History of India, to be published successively under the auspices of the Aligarh Historians Society.

Vivekanand Jha

Vivekanand Jha, former Director, Indian Council of Historical Research, edited the Indian Historical Review (20 vols, 1974-94), making it India's most substantive historical jorunal. He also edited Itihas (Hindi), Vols I-III (1992-94), and co-edited Indian Society: istorical Probings (1974), as well as the Journal of Studies on Ancient India (1998) of the World Association for Vedic studies. One area of his scholarly interest has been the early history of the Untochables (the theme of his doctoral thesis, 1972), on which he has published several papers. He has also published studies of the Bhagavadgita. In 1990 he presided over the Ancient Indian section of the Indian History Congress.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mauryan India
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Tulika Books
Language: English
isbn 8185229929, 9788189487836
length x+189p., Figures; Maps; Index; 24cm.