Asoka and the Spread of Buddhism

Asoka and the Spread of Buddhism
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Aim: TO WHAT EXTENT IS RELIGIOUS TOLERATION POSSIBLE?
Topic: Asoka and the Spread of Buddhism

First reading discusses the Mauryan Empire and Asokas impact, these questions follow:
1.Who was Asoka? Do you think he was an effective leader? Explain
2.Why did Asoka convert to Buddhism?
3.Why did Asoka have a policy of religious toleration?
4.How did Asoka pave the way for the spread of Buddhism?

Then there is a primary source document on the Edicts of Asoka, these questions are to follow:
1.Do you think that Asoka was an effective leader? Explain
2.Which policies do you think were most effective?
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