[INDOLOGY] Works on the origins of Hindu kingship and the state?

Mark McClish mark.mcclish at northwestern.edu
Tue Jul 20 17:14:21 UTC 2021

There is a lot on this topic, but in addition to what has already been suggested, you might look at:

  *   Hillebrandt, A. 1923. Altindische Politik. Jena: Verlag von Gustav Fischer.
  *   Ghoshal, U. N. 1959. A History of Indian Political Ideas: The Ancient Period & the Period of Transition to the Middle Ages. OUP.
  *   Losch, H. 1959. Rājadharma: Einsetzung und Aufgabenkreis des Kønigs im Lichte des Purāṇas. Bonn: Selbstverlag des Orientalischen Seminars der Universität Bonn.
  *   Drekmeier, C. 1962. Kingship and Community in Early India. Stanford: Stanford UP.
  *   Spellman, J.W. 1964. Political Theory of Ancient India: A Study of Kingship from the Earliest Times to ca. A.D. 300. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  *   Sharma, R.S. 1968. Aspects of Political Ideas and Institutions in Ancient India. 2nd ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass.
  *   Scharfe, Hartmut. 1989. The State in Indian Tradition. Leiden: E.J. Brill.
Even though the work is now dated, Ghoshal, in particular, is a good resource for directing the reader to relevant primary sources throughout the ancient period.

On Jul 15, 2021, at 5:30 AM, Dean Michael Anderson via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>> wrote:

Can anyone point me to discussions about early mythological Hindu theorizing about the origins of state-level society and kingship?



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