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The Emerging Historical–Geographical Pattern of India's Ancient Political History

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/9780198069898.003.0007
The Emerging Historical–Geographical Pattern of India's Ancient Political History

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This book argues that highlighting the various geographical orbits within which the political forces or dynasties of the various periods interacted, as well as their recurrent patterns, may be a more reliable indicator of the geopolitical forces operative in India's history. This approach emphasizes the range of geographical possibilities of the regional power centres of various periods and the extent to which they operated within that frame. The geographical frames of ancient Indian political history are important not because its course is often characterized by regional political units of limited dimensions, but due to the web of inter-regional interaction which they created for themselves within the overarching limits of the geography of the subcontinent.

Keywords: India; political history; geographical orbits; dynasties; power centres; geography; political units

Chapter.  18848 words. 

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

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