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Book Title: Ashoka: the Search for India's Lost Emperor|
The author of the book: Charles Allen
Edition: Little Brown and Company
Date of issue: February 1st 2012
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ISBN 13: 9781408701966
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India's lost emperor Ashoka Maurya has a special place in history. In his quest to govern India by moral force alone Ashoka turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion and set up a new yardstick for government which had huge implications for Asia. But his brave experiment ended in tragedy and his name was cleansed from the record so effectively that he was forgotten for almost two thousand years. But a few mysterious stone monuments and inscriptions survived, and the story of how these keystones to the past were discovered by British Orientalists and their mysterious lettering deciphered is every bit as remarkable as their author himself. Bit by bit, fragments of the Ashokan story were found and in the process India's ancient history was itself recovered. In a wide-ranging, multi-layered journey of discovery that is as much about Britain's entanglement with India as it as about India's distant past, Charles Allen tells the story of the man who was arguably the greatest ruler India has ever known.
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Read information about the authorCharles Allen (born 1940) is a British writer and historian. He was born in India, where several generations of his family served under the British Raj. His work focuses on India and South Asia in general. Allen's most notable work is Kipling Sahib, a biography of Rudyard Kipling. His most recent work, Ashoka: the Search for India's Lost Emperor, was published in February 2012.
1975. Plain Tales from the Raj: Images of British India in the Twentieth Century.
1977. RAJ: A Scrapbook of British India 1877-1947.
1979. Tales from the Dark Continent: Images of British Colonial Africa in the Twentieth Century.
1982. A Mountain in Tibet: The Search for Mount Kailas and the Sources of the Great Rivers of India.
1983. Tales from the South China Seas: Images of the British in South-East Asia in the Twentieth Century.
1984. Lives of the Indian Princes, with co-author Sharada Dwivedi.
1987. Kipling's Kingdom: His Best Indian Stories.
1986. A Glimpse of the Burning Plain: Leaves from the Journals of Charlotte Canning.
1988. A Soldier of the Company: Life of an Indian Ensign 1833-43.
1989. Architecture of the British Empire, Ed. R. Fermor-Hesketh.
1990. The Savage Wars of Peace: Soldiers' Voices 1945-1989.
1991. Thunder and Lightning: the RAF in the Gulf War.
1999. The Search for Shangri-La: a Journey into Tibetan History.
2000. India Through the Lens: Photography 1840-1911, Ed. Vidya Dehejia.
2000. Soldier Sahibs: the Men who Made the North-West Frontier.
2002. The Buddha and the Sahibs: the Men who Discovered India's Lost Religion.
2004. Duel in the Snows: the True Story of the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa.
2005. Maharajas:Resonance from the Past.
2006. God's Terrorists: the Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad.
2007. Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling.
2008. The Buddha and Dr Fuhrer: an Archaeological Scandal.
2011. The Taj at Apollo Bunder: the History of the Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai', with co-author Sharada Dwivedi.
2012. Ashoka: the Search for India's Lost Emperor.
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