Political history of ancient India - PDF book by Hem Channdra Raychaudhuri

Political history of ancient India 

Political history of ancient India
Political history of ancient India 


from the accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta dynasty

The object of the following pages is to sketch the political history of Ancient India from the accession of Parikshit to the extinction of the Gupta Dynasty. The idea of the work suggested itself many years ago from observing a tendency in some of the current books to dismiss the history of the period from the Bharata war to the rise of Buddhism as incapable of arrangement indefinite chronological order. 


The author's aim has been to present materials for an authentic chronological history of Ancient India, including the neglected Post- Bharata period, but excluding the Epoch of the Kanauj Empires which properly falls within the domain of the historian of Mediaeval India. 

The volume now offered to the public consists of two parts. In the first part an attempt has been made to furnish, from a comparison of the Vedic, Epic, Puranic, Jaina, Buddhist and secular Brahmanical literature, such a narrative of the political vicissitudes of the Post- Parikshita-pre-Bimbisarian period as may not be less intelligible to the reader than Dr Smith's account of the transactions of the Post-Bimbisarian age 

It has also been thought expedient to append, towards the end of this part, a short chapter on kingship in the Brahmana- Jataka period. The purpose of the second part is to provide a history of the period from Bimbisara to the Guptas which will be, to a certain extent, more up to date, if less voluminous, than the classic work of Dr Smith. The greater part of the volume now published was written some years ago, and the author has not had the opportunity to discuss some of the novel theories advanced in recent works like The Cambridge History of India, and Mr Pargiter's Ancient Indian Tradition. 

Some contents:

PART I
From the Accession of Parikshit to
the Coronation of Bimbisara.
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Foreword ... ... ... ... i
Sources ... ... ... ... ii
The Age of the Parikshitas ... ... 1
The Age of the Great Janaka ... ... 1G
The Later Vaidehas of Mithila ... ... 37
The Deccan in the Age of the Later Vaidehas ... 40
The Sixteen Mahajanapadas ... ... 45
The Fall of Kasi and the Ascendancy of Kosala ... 79
Kingship ... ... ... ... 82
PART II
From the coronation of Bimbisara to
the extinction of the Gupta dynasty.
Foreword ... ... ... ... 95
The rise of Magadha.
The Age of Bimbisara ... ... ... 97
Kunika Ajatas'atru ... ... ... 105
Ajfltasatru's successors ... ... ... 108
The Chronology of the Bimbisara-Sisunaga group ... 116
The Nandas ... ... ... ... 117
The Persian and Macedonian invasions.
The Persian and Macedonian invasions ... 122
The Maurta Empire: the Era. of Digvijaya.
The Reign of Chandragupta Maurya ... ... 137
The Reign of Bindusara ... ... ... 155
The Early Years of Asoka ... ... ... 158
The Maurya Empire: The Era of
Dhammavijaya and Decline.
Asoka after the Kalihga war ... ... 169
The Later Mauryas and the Decline of their power 1*3
The Sunga Empire and the Bactrian
Greeks.
The Reign of Pushyamitra ... ... 197
Agnimitra and his successors ... ... 211
The Fall of the Magadhan and
Indo-Greek Powers.
The Kanvas and the Later Sungas ... ... 215
The Satavahanas and the Chetas ... ... 216
The End of Greek Rule in North-West India ... 225
Scythian Rule in Northern Inma.
The Sakas ... ... ... ... 230
The Pahlavis or Parthians ... ... ... 242
The Kushans ... ... „. ... 245

the book details :
  • Author: Hem Chandra Raychaudhuri -  Who was an Indian historian, known for his studies on ancient India
  • Publication date:1923
  • Company: Calcutta, Univ. of Calcutta

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