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Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas

Romila Thapar

Abstract

This volume is about the history of the decline of the Mauryan dynasty in ancient India and the reign of Aśoka Maurya. It describes the sources of information for this study and Aśoka's early life, and his accession to the throne. It discusses the social and economic activity, internal administration, and foreign relations in Mauryan India and evaluates the role of Aśoka's policy of Dhamma in bringing social order. It highlights the weaknesses of the Mauryan rulers who followed after Aśoka's death and suggests reasons for the subsequent decline of the Mauryan dynasty.

Keywords: Mauryan dynasty, Aśoka Maurya, social activity, economic activity, internal administration, foreign relations, Dhamma

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198077244
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077244.001.0001

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Romila Thapar, author

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