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Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India

Price : $16.75
ISBN # : 9788120808980
Author : Ram Sharan Sharma
pages: 454
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2012

The present work Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient Indian discusses different views on the origin and nature of the state in ancient India. It also deals with stages and processes of state formation and examines the relevance of caste and kin-based collectivities to the construction of polity. The Vedic assemblies are studied in some detail, and developments in political organization are presented in relation to their changing social and economic background. The book also shows how religion and rituals were brought in the service of the ruling class.

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Review 1:
This work is well researched and documented, and is especially useful in terms of the historical development of ancient Indian politics. Dr. Sharma`s book has a better balance between theory and practice than most books on the subject. There can be no question, however, that this is one of the major publications in the field which no serious student of ancient Indian politics can ignore.
Source: --J.W. Spellman

Review 2:
The revised edition...is clear in exposition, up-to-date in method, and displays remarkable power in handling masses of material. It is by far the best summary of the present state of our knowledge of ancient Indian thought and institutions which is now available; ...This is a first-rate book, which is as interesting as it is scholarly.
Source: --Times Literary Supplement

Review 3:
...competently surveys many interesting aspects of the political thought and practice of ancient India on fresh and sometimes strikingly original lines. The author has a thorough grasp of the relevant sources and uses them with telling effect.
Source: --Journal of Indian History

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 03 March, 2010.
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