This work discusses the wars fought in ancient India and the war strategies that came to be developed. Advanced modes of combat were devised and new methods related to the use of various weapons were perfected. The volume also delves into The Mahābhārata and works like the Arthaśāstra, the Kāmandakīy Nītisāra and the Śukranīti that contain graphic descriptions of war tactics as these evolved over the centuries.
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Table of Contents
1. Wars in Ancient India: A Survey 2. Determining Factors 3. The Modes of Combat 4. Strategical and Tactical Concepts: The Vedas, the Epics and the Smrtis 5. Vyūhas in the Arthaśāstra and Nīti Works 6. Conclusion
Uma Prasad Thapliyal, an alumnus of Allahabad and Delhi Universities, was Director, History Division, Ministry of Defence till 1996. He has authored, compiled and edited more than thirty books on the military history of India including Warfare in Ancient India, Military Flags of India – from the Earliest Times, etc. He has also been a Senior Academic Fellow with ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research).