Traditions and Encounters, AP Edition (Bentley), 5th Edition

Chapter 9: State, Society, and the Quest for Salvation in India

Essay Quiz

Even though the Mauryan and Gupta empires were highly influential, Indian history largely is characterized by small regional kingdoms. Why do you think large empires did not "take hold" in India as they did in other parts of the world we have studied? What is unusual or different about Indian culture in this respect?
How did the social customs of India—especially family patriarchy and caste—and classical Hinduism mesh? How did the practices and beliefs reinforce each other?
Jainism, Buddhism, and Hinduism all emerged in India in this period. How did each one appeal to people? Did each one appeal to different groups of people? Why? How did their popularity develop through this period?
Traditions & Encounters, 5e
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