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Book Details

Rulers of India Asoka
The Buddhist Emperor of India
Vincent A Smith , W W Hunter (ed.)
Bibliography : 278pp., 1 Plate, 1 Map, Crown 8vo.
PB ISBN (10) : 8175364505
PB ISBN (13) : 9788175364509

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About the Book:

A biographical account with special light on the administrative system
of the prominent Indian emperors like Asoka of the Maurya.<-p>

The book contains biography and the administration of prominent Indian emperors like Asoka of the Maurya dynasty. <-p>

Asoka, a son of Bindusara and the third sovereign of teh Maurya dynasty ascended the throne of Pataliputra (B.C. 273) and undertook the government of the Indian
empire. He held the government for about forty years.<-p>

The numerous inscriptions recorded by Asoka are the leading authority for the events of his reign and its adminsitration.<-p>

Tradition probably is right in stating that Asoka followed the religion of teh Brahmans in his early days. with a special devotion to Lord Shiva. But the horros
of Kalinga war made a deep impression on the heart of the victorious monarch. Once he had
begun to devote himself to the love. protection adn teaching of the Law of Piety or
Dharma, he never again allowed himself to be tempted by ambition into an unprovoked war.
The Kalinga conflict was his last war.<-p>

Asoka became a lay disciple under the Buddhist system immediately after
the conquest of Kalinga.Then Asoka became both monk and monarch at the same time. The
Maurayan empire, governed for about 90 years by Chandragupta, Bindusara and Asoka crumbled
like a pack of cards when the strong and powerful third sovereign relinquished the throne.
Numerous particulars of the civil and eccelesiastical organisations of the empire for
administrative purposes are revealed by close examination of teh Asoka inscriptions on
rocks adn mountains which have all been graphically provided by the author. The book-
Asoka the Buddhist emperor of India- was originally written by Vincent A Smith adn
subsequently edited by W W Hunter under the title of Rulers of India (Asoka Maurya) .<-p>


I. The history of Asoka
Chronology of the Maurya Period<-p>

II. Extent and Administration of the Empire<-p>

III. The Monuments
Inscribed Pillars of Asoka<-p>

IV. The Rock Edicts<-p>

V. The Pillar and Miscellaneous Inscriptions
Bibliographical Note<-p>

VI. The Ceylonese Legend of Asoka<-p>

VII. The Indian Legends of Asoka<-p>



Asoka, by Vincent A Smith


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