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The North after Harsha

Lesson 6 of 13 • 4 upvotes • 13:29 mins

Abhyudaya Kelkar

The empire of Harsha died with him. The following period is a very poorly documented one. But it is certain that there was a power vacuum throughout the northern India for at least one century, i.e. for the rest of the Ancient Period. However, Kannauj remained the symbol of power and prosperity, a trend set by Harsha. Many regional states and smaller principalities re-appeared after Harsha, which will be briefly discussed in this lesson. These were to remain warring against each other throughout the rest of the Ancient Period. The most important element of this lesson is the rarely discussed matter of Sindh and the early Arab invasions of the seventh century. Many history text-books omit the case of Sindh, although it is the point from where the Medieval Period begins in India.

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