Author: A S Altekar
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120810090
This work by a well-known authority on Ancient India deals in a comprehensive manner with the ancient Hindu political ideas, theories and ideals and describes the different features and aspects of the ancient Indian administration in its numerous branches.
It is based not merely on a study of the different Smriti books and Arthasastra works in Sanskrit, which give us the theoretical picture, but it also utilizes fully all the data bearing on the subject available in Vedic and classical literature, Buddhist and Jain works, ancient books on history and accounts of foreign travelers and history and accounts of foreign travelers and historians. Rich material supplier by inscriptions has been fully trapped and the discerning critic will not be unwilling to concede that no previous work on the subject attempts to give such a comprehensive synthesis of the divergent data supplied by theoretical and literary work on the one hand and by inscriptions and purely historical records on the other.
The material has been arranged chronologically and also province-wise, whenever it was possible to do so. In each chapter, attempt has been made to trace the development of political theories and institution from age to age, though the material in some cases was not quite sufficient to do so.
Preface to different editions
Scheme of Transliteration
Name, History and Sources of the Science of Policy
Origin and Types of the State
Nature, Aims and Functions of the State
State and Citizen
Secretariat and Departments
Provincial, Divisional, District and Town Administration
Income and Expenditure
Historical Survey of Administration
Historical Survey of Administrations,
Estimate of Ancient Indian Polity
Appendix I : Bibliography
Appendix II : Chronological Table of Authors, Kings, Periods, etc.
Appendix III : Subject Index