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The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India: The Geographical Frames of the Ancient Indian Dynasties

Dilip K. Chakrabarti


This book explores how the political history of ancient India has transpired in various geographical orbits, the definition of which has long bothered scholars. Contrary to widely held assumptions, there was no fixed boundary line or ‘divide’. The Oxus-Indus orbit is the most popular and well understood geopolitical orbit. The idea can be attributed to T.H. Holdich in the late nineteenth century, when the question of delineating a permanent border between British India and Afghanistan became a crucial issue. This book explores whether such orbits are fixed entities in our geographical understa ... More

Keywords: ancient India, political history, geopolitical orbits, Oxus-Indus orbit, archaeology, geography, T.H. Holdich, historical events

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780198069898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dilip K. Chakrabarti, author