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These social divisions would later be Jha notes that even at the end of the Later Vedic period given religious sanction, laying the foundation for the historians can begin to see a shift from tribal organisation practise of Varna or caste distinctions. While the initial Vedic to territorial state, this process rapid accelerated after the 6th settlements were in the Indus river valley, by the later Vedic century BC. With the shift east the North India.

Last and most important of the Magadhan Vedic economy began its move from one primarily pastoral, dynasties were the Nanda, who are sometimes credited to one primarily agricultural in origin.

Agricultural surplus with overthrowing all other contemporary royal houses in term prompted an expansion in crafts, technologies, and and incorporating them into the Magadhan state. Jha urbanisation. As Vedic life became more settled the social emphasises the favourable geographic and climatic position norms associated with the Varna system became more of Magadha, along with the rich mineral deposits as a key crystallised, strengthening the power of the Brahmana and factor in their success.

Nanda expansion coincided with Kshatriya classes at the expense of the lower orders. Ultimately, development. Jha then briefly looks at a curious feature of early for diversification in arts and crafts. At the same time, Jha Indian statehood, the republics found particularly in the highlights the fact that the rise of a new wealthy class had long Panjab and Himalayan foothills.

Emphasising the corporate lasting effects on Vedic society, causing a rise in inequalities nature of these states Jha sees them less as republics, and to develop. These developments also helped to end tribal more as undemocratic oligarchies. Conflict between Vedic religious practises, with their to the Mauryan Empire, the first and largest of the Indian emphasis on animal sacrifices particularly cattle , and the empires.

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While Jha provides a sketch overview of the new social groups were responsible in part for the emergence reigns of Chandragupta, Bindusara, and Asoka Maurya, his of new religious and philosophical ideas during this period. He Moving from economics to religion Jha briefly sketches the emphasises that Mauryan political supremacy was obtained beginnings of the two major alternative sects to appear out and maintained due to the enormous army, given as , of 6th century India: Jainism and Buddhism.

Turning first to , in sources, the Mauryan emperors were able to field. He notes that the concept of into a number of provinces carefully regulated at national, God is nearly irrelevant to Jainism.

Instead, the sole focus of provincial, and local levels of government. With the need life is the purification of the soul through fasting, rigorous to support such as large army the Mauryan state became practise of non-violence, truth etc. Jains were not only incredibly centralised, taking control of and regulating many forbidden to wage war, but also to farm, something that of the crafts and industries to make a profit.

Jha looks at would lead Jains to become involved in trade and mercantile how the main Indian source for the period, Kautilya, seems endeavours. Also noted is the persistent tension between the salvation, regardless of social origin or birth. From here Vedic, Jain, and Buddhist sects, a fact Jha sees as a possible common features of Jainism and Buddhism are discussed, reason for Asoka Maurya to promote his policy of dhamma.

Buddhism Mauryan population, including measures relating to social in particular with its moderate emphasis on ahimasa non- welfare. While neither religion sought to the local language of the province. In his examination of the abolish the Varna caste system, they adapted a much more decline and fall of the Mauryan Empire Jha puts most of his liberal attitude towards the lower orders, and certainly emphasis on economic reasons for the collapse, rather than did not proscribe their ability to gain knowledge, as the military or political reasons.

Brahmana were wont to do. He explores the complicated political Jha notes that the period also saw a decline in long-distance history of the period first by looking at the immediate trade, particularly with the West.

In turn this led to a successors to the Maurya, the Shunga, followed briefly by shrinking of the coastal towns, and a reduction in population a succession of tribal states. However, the most important movement within the Gupta Empire. While urban centres political development Jha sees in the period is the repeated did not disappear altogether, their size and wealth shrunk movement of people across the Hindu Kush mountains into considerably.

The Varna caste system seems to have Northwest India, as it promoted active interaction with the expanded dramatically with a massive increase in Shudra and outside world and presented new cultural elements that untouchable caste members.

Overall Jha sees the Gupta period of Bactria, who overran much of Northwest India in the as one primarily of decline, and a transition to the primarily early 2nd century BC.

Followed by the Saka, and the Indo- feudal period of the 6th — 12th centuries. Jha takes especial Parthians, the most important movement was that of the aim at Indian historians who see the Gupta period as a sort of Kushana in the early 1st century AD. Under rulers such as Pax Guptana of Indian history, a Hindu renaissance. Instead Kadphises and Kanishka the Kushana incorporated not of a renaissance, the Gupta period was one of economic only Northwest India, but most of the Gangetic valley, decline, social stratification, and political decentralisation.

At its height, the The Epilogue represents what is essentially an all- borders of the Kushan Empire stretched not only from the new chapter for the book. While of China.

Kushan rulers converted to Buddhism and were discussing the impact of the Achaemenids, Alexander, and responsible for Buddhist missions journeying to Central the wide-ranging contacts during the Mauryan Empire, most Asia and China. On the economic side, Jha highlights the of his coverage is reserved for the Kushana.

Jha effectively thriving trade that existed between Indian and the Western emphasises the two-way cultural contacts between India world through overland and seaborne trade routes. He also and the Kushana, particularly their role in transmitting sees the expanding trade as being connected to the growth Buddhism to Central Asia and China. The bulk of the epilogue of a monetary economy in India, as the archaeological record is concerned with the legacy of Ancient India.

Taking a reveals varying denominations of coinage being used in thematic approach Jha looks at a wide range of cultural, day-to-day transactions.

Following this Jha examines the religious, technological, and philosophical contributions main religious developments of the Post-Mauryan era. This made to Indian society during the Ancient period. A hallmark of the Mahayana was the Ancient India is a compact work, and given the evolution of the Buddha from a religious teacher to a mighty chronological span of time covered it is natural that there spiritual being through the Bodhisattva doctrine.

Within would be areas that could have received greater coverage. In Chapter 1 while Jha cults, leading to several important changes in beliefs. While D. Kosambi the Post-Mauryan period. Sharma Ram Saran Sharma. In his coverage of the Harappan He highlights that, in contrast with the Mauryan Empire, Civilisation in Chapter 2 Jha only obliquely references the Gupta did not seem to have a large professional army.

Assertions that the Harappan civilisation was far less centralised than the Maurya.

Indeed, over the was in fact Indo-Aryan have also been made, attempting lifetime of the empire, administration throughout the Gupta to make Vedic civilisation native to India, provides an polity began to decentralise as extensive land grants to additional element to this controversy that Jha does not priests, royal officials, and feudatories transferred portions discuss. In Chapter 4 the reviewer wishes that Jha had spent of Imperial authority with the grants. While slavery as an greater space discussing the religious beliefs of Jainism institution weakened during the Gupta period, serfdom and Buddhism, since as they stand the discussion is rather Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology No.

While Jha provides some brief Krishna Mohan Shrimali. New Delhi: Tulika Books, Mauryan India. While Jha does not Irfan Habib. New in the introduction that he is not primarily concerned with Delhi: Tulia Books, Society and 6- 8 is extremely perfunctory and does not truly provide Culture in Post-Mauryan India c.

New Delhi: enough context for the administrative and economic analysis Tulika Books, While ten-fold-out maps have been provided, A. A Concise History of Ancient India. New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, New Delhi: Lotus Press, detail. Though not based on the most recent scholarship, fact that this 3rd edition is essentially the 2nd edition with a this book is a lucid, balanced interpretation of the past that new epilogue.

Any emendations Jha made are minor, leaving provides ample coverage to social and economic history, as the text practically unaltered from the publication and well as political.

This is particularly R. A thematic approach to chapters for publication in Early India: A Concise History in specific concepts, models, or frameworks used in interpreting New Delhi: Oxford superseded by newer publications that came out after the 2nd University Press, A chronological synthesis of Ancient edition in In particular, R.

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