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Princes and Polity in Ancient India

M.C. Joshi (Author)
Synopsis Princes and Polity in ancient India is the first book which deals with this subject in detail and in an authoritative manner. Despite the importance of the subject for the study of ancient Indian political institutions, no significant work covering all its main aspects has been produced by any one so far. The present work seeks to fill up this lacuna. It has been acclaimed as a significant contribution to the fund of knowledge of ancient Indian political institutions and history. In this work the author has presented a systematic and comprehensive picture of the whole gamut of problems concerning the place of princes in political life. The author has not only discussed the pattern of education for the royal princes, their role in state administration and theory and practice of royal succession. The book carries two appendices followed by a comprehensive bibliography. The approach of the author is everywhere critical and analytical, and not merely descriptive. Thus, he provides a complete picture of the role of princes in ancient Indian polity – both in theory and practice.
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About the author

M.C. Joshi

Dr. M.C. Joshi (b. Tanakpur, 1944) is the brother of the famous Buddhist scholar, the late Professor L.M. Joshi. He was educated at Gorakhpur and after obtaining his Master’s Degree with a ‘first class first’ in ancient History, Culture and Archaeology in 1966 he joined his alma mater as a Lecturer. Later on he shifted to the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and in 1970 to the Department of History, University of Jodhpur, Jodhpur, which he is still serving, and from where he earned his Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Professor S.R. Goyal, the present work being substantially his Doctoral thesis. Apart from polity and political history Dr. Joshi is deeply interested in the history of religion and art. He has written about a dozen research papers, some of which have been widely acclaimed by Indologists.

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Title Princes and Polity in Ancient India
Author M.C. Joshi
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1996
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
length xvi+192p., Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History