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Between the EmpiresSociety in India 300 BCE to 400 CE$
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Patrick Olivelle

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.001.0001

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Relating History to the Land: Urban Centers, Geographical Units, and Trade Routes in the Gangetic and Central India of circa 200 BCE

Relating History to the Land: Urban Centers, Geographical Units, and Trade Routes in the Gangetic and Central India of circa 200 BCE

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(p.4) (p.5) 1 Relating History to the Land: Urban Centers, Geographical Units, and Trade Routes in the Gangetic and Central India of circa 200 BCE
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Between the Empires
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Dilip K. Chakrabarti

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0001

In the Gangetic plain, the area of this chapter's discussion, land extends from the Chattagram or Chittagong coast in the east to the Agra-Mathura region in the west, including a slice of the Nepalese Terai covering the sites of Lumbini and Tilaura Kot. In central India, the study-area comprises Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. This chapter discusses the interrelationship between their early historic urban centers, geographical units of the period, and trade routes which passed through them. In the course of the discussion the chapter also refers to the relevant archaeological situations of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Jharkhand. This is a historical and geographical exercise based essentially on field-studies carried out since 1981 and puts forward only one understanding of the situation.

Keywords:   India, Gangetic plain, Chattagram, Agra-Mathura region, Madhya Pradesh, urban centers, trade routes, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, geographical units

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