Many people may say that Asoka was a ruthless conqueror because of his conquest of Kalinga which was a bloody battle where many people died and many more were driven out of their country, but I bet the evidence I will show you will make you believe he was an enlightened ruler. From 268 BCE to 232 BCE Asoka was the ruler of the Mauryan Empire, which is now known as India. During that time many of his actions shows that he was enlightened. First, the conquest of Kalinga which many people think was ruthless was something that the Mauryan people needed so I believe that battle was one of an enlightened ruler rather than a ruthless conqueror. Asoka can also be considered an enlightened ruler because he went on a pilgrimage looking for a teacher and after finding a Buddhist monk and following his instructions he was able to understand history, reject violence, and form ideas that had never been thought of before. My final reason for saying Asoka was an enlightened ruler is because of the rock edicts, the pillar edicts, and the Asoka Chakra. As you will see later on they tell us a lot about who Asoka really was.
Ashoka ruled India from 268 BCE until he died in 232 BCE. Ashoka had edicts written on pillars, boulders, and walls. Ashoka became a Buddhist and worked on spreading the beliefs and faith throughout his reign. Ashoka is considered to be either a ruthless warrior or an enlightened ruler. Ashoka was enlightened because he respected all faiths and he cared about all life.
It reached its peak of material and cultural grandeur under Ptolemy II Philadelphus, who ruled from 285 to 246. After his death, the empire entered a long period of war and constitutional dispute that ended when Egypt became the province of the Roman Empire in 30 BC. Alexander the Great is, amiably, the most famous figure in world history. Alexander's acquisition’s reflected not only his desire for dominance, but also his belief that East and West could be united under one system of government and become a way of life.
In Ancient India, the people named their flag after Asoka. He did great things for the Mauryan Empire that gave a good ending, but were the means of the ending just? Asoka ruled Ancient India and changed the history of it doing good and bad things for himself but for his empire. Was it being Ruthless or Enlightened? His responsibility for many deaths, his wanting of unfair wars, the unjust laws all clearly imply that Asoka is a Ruthless Conqueror.
The Redman-Childe list was created to describe a civilization and what is needed to be considered a civilization. The five things a civilization must have in order for it to be considered a civilization through Redman-Childe standards are a large urban center with high population density, concentration of surpluses, a class structured society, full time specialization of labor, and a state level of organization. Although there may be reasons why it is biased, this list of characteristics seems to fit well with Mauryan Empire of India, as it includes all the points on the list. When you apply the Redman-Childe list to the Mauryan Empire in India, under Chandragupta, you can see that it possesses every characteristic it needs to be considered a civilization. India, at nearly every point in its history, has had one of the highest population densities in the world, especially in its largest cities (@).
But also others believe that he died of respiratory diseases. Before he died, he gave supreme leadership to his son Ogedei, who controlled most of eastern Asia and China. I also divided the rest of my empire among my other
Like many children her age, the girl in Julie Otsuka’s novel When the Emperor was Divine had the opportunity to attend a “summer camp.” However, the camps that the girl and her family endured were not like traditional summer getaways but instead state-sponsored prisons designed to keep the populace “safe.” Instead of enjoying the water slides and rope swings that other children her age got to experience, the girl struggled with establishing an identity that fit with the rest of her society. With her use of neutral tone and language, Julie Otsuka explores the creation of the cultural identity that is established by the Japanese-American people as they are confined in Concentration camps designed to keep the nation safe.
Born as an orphan, he was raised by the chiefs of Hawaii, kamehameha grew up to be a strong warrior. He was able to unify by going to battle and conquering island after island. He was an effective leader because he enforced the kapu system, increasing trade and the resources that came to the hawaiian islands. These characteristics made Kamehameha an effective leader.
Building an Empire becomes problematic when the colonizers know nothing about the territory being colonized. Britain began colonizing India in the 1700s, completely ignorant about the people of India and their cultural and religious beliefs. Ignorance comes from a lack of knowledge. This lack of knowledge can be by choice, like in this situation. Despite their ignorance, Englishmen still came into India with an arrogant attitude.
This led to formation of a unique culture, which they created by taking in elements of other cultures and blending them into theirs. With the division of provinces they were able to carry this out successfully. Even though they were the conquerors they were recognized to be carrying out peaceful trading which led to economic prosperity within the nation. They held truth in high esteem; telling a lie was a most disgraceful thing that a person could do. Good thoughts and deeds mattered the most in the empire.
The empire was founded in 550 B.C.E. by Cyrus the Great, who was known for establishing some of the policies that made his empire successful. For example, he allowed the empire’s mixed population’s cultural and religious freedom. This made revolts infrequent and gave its many nationalities a stake in the empire’s continued existence; the Old Testament declared Cyrus the “Anointed of God.”
From the days of the Buddha himself, the most enthusiastic and highly motivated converts joined monastic communities where they dedicated their lives to search for enlightenment and preaching Buddhist dharma to lay audiences. ”(pg.126) The Mauryan dynasty reinforces the Buddhist movement. Ashoka found Buddhism as belief that could grant unity to his culturally various and far-flung realm. On other hand, Hinduism induces political