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Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas$
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Romila Thapar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077244.001.0001

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The Decline of the Mauryas

The Decline of the Mauryas

(p.247) Chapter VII The Decline of the Mauryas
Aśoka and the Decline of the Mauryas

Romila Thapar

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the history of the decline of the Mauryas and investigates the reasons behind the collapse of the Mauryan dynasty. One of the more obvious reasons for the decline was the succession of weak kings after Aśoka Maurya. A further and immediate cause was the partition of the empire into two, the eastern part under Daśaratha and the western part under Kunāla. This chapter suggests that the causes of the decline of the Mauryas must in large part be attributed to a top-heavy administration where authority was entirely in the hands of a few persons, and an absence of any national consciousness.

Keywords:   Mauryas, Mauryan dynasty, Daśaratha, Kunāla, national consciousness, top-heavy administration

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