Buddhist India portrays ancient India during the period of Buddhist
ascendancy from the non-Brahmin point of view. |
Based on the literary, numismatic and inscriptional records, it throws light on points which have not previously been brought to clarity.
Buddhist India presents a detailed account of the socio-economic, geo-political and ethico-religious conditions of the country. It describes at length the history of kings, clans, nations, vis-a-vis their role in the growth and spread of Buddhism.
Readers get a clear perspective of the activities of Candragupta, Asoka and Kaniska- the principal characters in this performance. The Buddhist and kindred literature both in Pali and Sanskrit, with special reference to the Jatakas, has been thoroughly exploited for this purpose. The book has fifty-six illustrations, an appendix, a short preface and general index.
About the Author:
Thomas William Rhys Davids was the Founder-Chairman of the Pali Text Society. He played an active part in founding the British Academy, and later the School of Oriental Studies, London. He was also the President of the India Society from its inception in 1910 till his death in 1922.