Aśoka and the decline of the Mauryas

  title={Aśoka and the decline of the Mauryas},
  author={Romila Thapar},
First published by the Clarendon Press in 1961, this work is based largely on the edicts of Asoka, whose policies are analyzed against the background of Mauryan civilization during the third and fourth centuries BC - one of the most important periods of Indian civilization. The author offers an interpretation of Asoka's connection with Buddhism and shows how he was able to make use of a general movement of social and spiritual change for the political and moral integration of his Empire. This… Expand
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