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Introduction

Dilip K. Chakrabarti

in The Geopolitical Orbits of Ancient India

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780198069898
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069898.003.0001
Introduction

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The focal geographical points of the ancient Indian dynasties, together with the geographical orbits within which they tried to expand their political power and interacted with the other contemporary dynasties, are intertwined with the historical-geographical configurations of the political history of ancient India. This book is not only about whether only a limited number of areas were the foci of major power centres throughout the course of ancient Indian history. It also explores how many geographical orbits can be traced and how they have defined the geographical parameters of interaction between different geographical areas and kingdoms. It also considers whether such orbits are fixed entities in our geographical understanding of Indian archaeology and history, or whether they should be interpreted merely as useful concepts that can help elucidate the geography of the flow of historical events in ancient India.

Keywords: ancient India; political history; geographical orbits; dynasties; power centres; kingdoms; archaeology; geography

Chapter.  1595 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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