The Period Of South Asian History

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Society and government in our day and age is much more secular than it has been for most of human history. In fact, many countries, such as the United States of America, even have laws built into their governments’ constitutions establishing a barrier between religion and government. But throughout humanity’s past, it was quite common across many diverse societies for religion and politics to overlap; religion often influenced politics and politics often used religion for practical purposes. In the process of trying to come up with a topic to research on South Asian history in the ancient and medieval periods, I was very interested in this relationship between religion and politics and knew I would want to pursue this topic in my paper. The period of South Asian history to which I narrowed my focus to was that of the Mauryan Empire and the post-Mauryan polities that existed in the times after the collapse of the Mauryan Empire. Thus, the period I focused my research and paper on fits primarily within the years of circa 321 BCE to around 320 CE. The leading question behind my research was that I wanted to research the nature of the relationship that existed between politics and the religions present during this time in the region of South Asia; I wanted to examine whether this relationship existed, and if so, to examine how and in what ways these religions influenced politics and vice versa. In my research I found that there in fact was a strong relationship between these
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