Ashoka
The Search for India's Lost Emperor
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The story of a man so powerful that he was called Samraat Chakravarthi, Emperor of Emperors, Ashoka is the historical account of the greatest King India has ever seen. Summary of the Book Born the son of the Mauryan emperor Bindusara, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya himself, Ashoka was always bound for greatness. He was known for his cruelty and called Chandaashoka for it. His ascension to the throne was marked by conquest after conquest, eventually coming to Kalinga on the east coast of India. It was there that he came across the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, and saw the error of his ways. This book showcases the history of one of India's greatest kings, and portrays the India of his time and the changes he brought forth by his conversion. About Charles Allen Charles Allen is a British writer and historian. He has written many books, some of which are: A Mountain in Tibet: The Search for Mount Kailas and the Sources of the Great Rivers of India, Tales from the Dark Continent: Images of British Colonial Africa in the Twentieth Century, Maharajas: Resonance from the Past and The Buddha and the Sahibs: the Men who Discovered India's Lost Religion.

India's lost emperor Ashoka Maurya has a special place in history. In his quest to govern India by moral force alone he turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion, and set up a new yardstick for government. But Ashoka's bold experiment ended in tragedy and he was forgotten for almost two thousand years.

In this beautifully written, multi-layered journey Charles Allen describes how fragments of the Ashokan story were gradually discovered, pieced together by a variety of British Orientalists: antiquarians, archaeologists and epigraphists. In doing so, they did much to recover India's ancient history itself. The Lost Emperor tells the story of the man who was arguably the greatest ruler India has ever known.

AuthorCharles Allen
BindingPaperback
EAN9780349122380
ISBN0349122385
Height516 mm
Length787 mm
Width122 mm
Weight68 g
LanguageEnglish
Language TypePublished
Number Of Pages480
Package Quantity24
Product GroupBook
Publication Date2013-01-03
PublisherLittle, Brown Book Group
StudioLittle, Brown Book Group
Sales Rank21750

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  • The author associated with Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is Charles Allen.
  • The EAN for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is 9780349122380.
  • The ISBN for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is 0349122385.
  • The height for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is 516 mm.
  • The length for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is 787 mm.
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  • The weight for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is 68 g.
  • The language for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is English.
  • The binding of Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is Paperback.
  • The number of pages for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor are 480.
  • The quantity for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor in a package is 24.
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  • The publication date for Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor is 2013-01-03.
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