The History of India: Mauryan Empire

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Like any long standing culture there have been good and bad periods in their history but one period has been identified as the "Golden Age of India (Dehejia, 1993)." This period, which lasted over a hundred years (322 BCE 185 BCE), began when an exiled general by the name of Chandragupta Maurya overthrew the reigning king Dhana Nanda. Once Chandragupta Maurya had established his new government in the Eastern area of India he began expanding his power westward across Central and Western India and, in the process, the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism also began to spread throughout India (Avari, 2007). The capital of the Mauryan Empire was established in the City of Pataliputra. During Chandragupta's reign the city grew into one of the biggest and most beautiful cities in the world. Chandragupta Maurya, in building his Empire, astutely took advantage of the unrest and turmoil that occupied the Indian sub-continent as a result of Alexander the Great's Persian armies that had previously occupied India. During the years of his reign, Chandragupta Maurya (322 BCE 298 BCE) was able to extend his Empire from the Himalayas in the North, to the West beyond modern Pakistan, and to the South almost to the tip of the Indian subcontinent. Under Chandragupta, the Empire was able to establish both internal and external trade, develop an agricultural base, put in…
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