The present work portrays ancient India, during the period of Buddhist ascendancy, from the non-Brahmin point of view. Based on the literary, numismatic and inscriptional records, it throws light on points hitherto dark and even unsuspected. It presents a a detailed account of the socio-economic, geo-political and ethico-religious conditions of the country. It described at length the history of kings, clans, nations, vis-a-vis their role in the growth and spread of Buddhism. Reader get a clear perspective of the activities of Candragupta, Asoka and Kaniska--the principal characters in this performance. The Buddhist and kindred literature both in Pali and Sanskrit, with special reference to the Jatakas has been thoroughly exploited for this purpose. The book has fifty-six illustrations, an appendix, a short preface and general index.
The kings, The clans and nations, The village, Social grades, in the town, Economic Conditions, Writing-The beginnings, Writing-its Development, Language and Literature, Literature, The Jataka Book, Religion-Animism, Religion-The Brahmin position, Chandragupta, Asoka, Kanishka, Appendix, Index.
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THE CLANS AND NATIONS
IN THE TOWN
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I GENERAL VIEW
LITERATURE II THE PALI BOOKS
THE JATAKA BOOK
RELIGIONTHE BRAHMIN POSITION