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Determine the veracity of Megasthenes’ descriptions of Indian society and economy with the help of other contemporary evidences.

Determine the veracity of Megasthenes’ descriptions of Indian society and economy with the help of other contemporary evidences. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Magasthenes was an ancient Greek historian, diplomat and Indian ethnographer and explorer. In around 302 BC he came India in Mauryan court as an ambassador of Seleucus I Nicator of the Seleucid dynasty. He described India in […]

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Give an account of the republics in the pre-Maurya period. Discuss the factors which contributed to their decline. 

Give an account of the republics in the pre-Maurya period. Discuss the factors which contributed to their decline. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The existence of the republics (Ganas / Sanghas) Sources mentioning gana-sanghas: Indian literature comprising Brahmanical, Buddhist and Jain texts mention different types of non-monarchical states called Ganas or Sanghas. More details on ganas are provided by […]

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Daily Problem Practise for History Optional and GS Paper I (12 December: Modern India)

For History Optional: Q. Bring out the pattern of commercialization of agriculture in the 19th century. Was it a forced process for  the vast majority of poorer peasants? Q. Plantations and mines, jutes mills, banking, insurance, shipping and export-import concerns in India were run through a system of interlocking managing  agencies.” Critically examine. Note: To […]

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