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Chandragupta Maurya

A Gem of Indian History by: P.L Bhargava

Based on diverse original sources, this is a well-knit narrative delineating Chandragupta Maurya’s personality, his times, and his meteoric rise to political supremacy — with contextual focus on polity, religion, society, economy, literature and arts.



ISBN: 9788124600566
Year Of Publication: 2014
Edition: 3rd
Pages : xiii, 160
Bibliographic Details : Map; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 400


A Ksatriya hero of little-known antecedents, Chandragupta Maurya was unmistakably a born leader of men, who within twentyfour years of his reign: 317 bc-293 bc, established a gigantic empire by not only unifying the countless fragments of a distracted India, but annexing some of the erstwhile Persian dominions as well. Professor Bhargava here profiles this “first historical emperor of India”, in all essential detail. Based on diverse original sources, notably, Brahmanical, Buddhist, Jaina, and Greek, the book sets out a fascinating, well-knit narrative delineating Chandragupta Maurya: the man, his times, and his meteoric rise to political supremacy — with contextual focus on the state of polity, administrative mechanisms, religion, society, economy, literature and arts during his rule. The author also tries to apply correctives to the myths woven around Chandragupta in legend, literature, and chronicles. Acclaimed alike by historians and Indological journals of repute, Dr. Bhargava’s book is now in its second edition: enlarged and thoroughly revised against the backdrop of the latest research findings.


Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1. Chronology and Sources
Chronology – Sources – Age of the Arthashastra
2. Rise and Growth of the Kingdom of Magadha
3. Career of Candragupta
4. Administration of the Empire
5. Religious, Social and Economic Conditions
6. Literature and Art
Interaction between Persia, Greece and India
7. Achievements of Candragupta
8. Legends of Candragupta
Buddhist – Jain – Hindu – European
Appendix: History of the Sudarshana Lake

Meet the Author
Dr. P.L Bhargava is an eminent Indologist, who retired as Professor and Head of the Sanskrit Department, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. A historian of equal renown too, he had been at the McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, for about two years: 1974-76, as a Visiting Professor of Religion. His Ph.D thesis, entitled: India in the Vedic Age, was hailed as “the most original work of our times” (U.N. Ghoshal), “a distinct advance over Pargiter’s work” (A.S. Altekar), and “a brilliant sorting out of the very complex data into clear and logical pattern” (A.L. Basham). A recipient of many academic honours — the latest among which being the 1994-95 President’s Award for “Eminent Sanskritists”, Professor Bhargava has already published eight books and over 60 papers.
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