A Peace History of India From Ashoka Maurya to Mahatma Gandhi

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-04-04
  • Publisher: Vij Books India

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This book is a great contribution to placing India in the world as she is worthy of. By selecting and going in depth to four of the looming historical peaks over two millennia of her past, this book shows the uniqueness of India's peace achievements for herself and for humankind. To the point that in present times, her peace vision deserves being a primal guiding light to the urgent long range transformation of the U.N Organization. This book is a valuable contribution to the peace history literature and defines India's place in the world.

Author Biography

Klaus Schlichtmann was born in Hamburg, Germany as the son of a medical practitioner in 1944. As a teenager he developed an interest in philosophy, comparative culture, Buddhism, the arts, literature and politics. He left Germany at the age of 18 and soon after started his Yatra to India, travelling overland through Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. In 1992 he obtained a scholarship to go to Japan to work on his doctoral dissertation about Japanese pacifist diplomat and post-World War II Prime Minister Kijuro Shidehara (1872-1951) who is credited with having suggested the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution to General Douglas MacArthur in January 1946. He has published books and articles in German, English and Japanese.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Preface and Acknowledgements; PART I Ashoka of the Axial Age, His Time and his Work, 1. Entering History, 2. The Buddha's Prophesy, 3. Max Weber and India, 4. Life in the Capital Pataliputra, 5. Taxila, Kautily and the Arthashastra, 6. The conquest of Kalinga and the subsequent pilgrimages, 7. The Buddhist Dharma and Ashoka, 8. The Administration of the Empire, 9. Economy, Trade, Industry and Rationality, 10. Welfare, Law and Order, 11. Education and Learning, Temporal and Spiritual Matters, 12. World Order, Peace and Justice, a Contemporary View, 13. Some Conclusions; PART II The Palas in India and Abroad, 1. Backdrop, 2. Geopolitics and Prehistory, 3. The Pala Influence in Burma (Myanmar) and Parts of China, 4. Pala and Suvarnadvipa (Sumatra: Sri Vijaya), 5. The History of Java before the Pala Era— Hinduism and Buddhism , 6. The Shailendra and the Palas, 7. The Predominance of the Pala Culture in Jambudvipa (Java) , 8. The Palas and Tibet (Atisa), 9. Description of the Borobudur, 10. The Meaning of Borobudur; PART III A Little Axial Age around 1800, 1. Prelude to a Global Renaissance of Peace , 2. The Historical Setting , 3. India's central place, a Gangetic Hub , 4. The East India Company ,5. Cosmopolitan Kolakata's (Calcutta) ‘Cognitive Revolution', 6. The Works , 7. A ‘Golden Age'?, 8. Rammohun Roy , 9. Modern Science takes Roots and Buddhism once more becomes a World Religion, 10. Backlash , 11. Japan (and China) at the Other End of the World, 12. Chinsura and Dejima, 13. The Bengal Plunder—an Excursus , 14. The Economic Downturn , 15. Conclusion; PART IV Modern India, Gandhi and World Peace, 1. Where We Want to Go , 2. The Background , 3. Times of War , 4. The Cripps Mission , 5. The Quit-India Resolution , 6. The United Nations, Beacon of Hope in an Imperfect World, 7. Conclusion , Epilogue, Bibliography, Index

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