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The Wonder That Was India 3rd Edition (English) (Paperback): Book by A. L. Basham

The Wonder That Was India 3rd Edition (English) (Paperback)

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ISBN: 9780330439091    Publisher: Pan Macmillan Year of publishing: 2004     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 572        Language: English
Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world and what is unique in that respect is that the culture of the people still remains largely unchanged. This book is comprehensive in its coverage of the Indian...Read more
Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world and what is unique in that respect is that the culture of the people still remains largely unchanged. This book is comprehensive in its coverage of the Indian history. It looks at every aspect of Indian society and culture. It covers everything from religion, governance, social evolution, literary traditions, philosophy, languages and science. The Wonder that was India: 1 takes a look at the country's history from the times of the Harappa and Indus Valley Civilization. It explores the possible reasons for the decline of the Harappa civilization and settlements. The author also discusses the Aryan invasion theory, supporting it with various research papers and findings of that time. Also a topic of discussion is the evolution of Hindu religion from the Harappa times, to the coming of the Aryans and the mutual influence that Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism had on each other. This 3rd edition paperback book published in 2004 also gives an insight into the modern Indian society and culture and how it became a confluence of different influences throughout the many stages of its history. Key Features: The Wonder that was India: 1 is a book on Indian history published in 1954. The second edition of the first volume by Basham was published in 1963 and reprinted several times. There is also a second volume of the book published in 1986, written by S.A.A. Rizvi.
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About the author: A. L. Basham
Arthur Llewellyn Basham was an Indologist and a professor at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He was born in 1914 in Essex. His father... Read more
Arthur Llewellyn Basham was an Indologist and a professor at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He was born in 1914 in Essex. His father had served in the Indian Army and told him a lot of stories about India that sparked an interest in him about the country. The author obtained a degree in Sanskrit from the School of Oriental and African Studies, did a doctorate at the School of Oriental and African studies and later became a Professor at that college. In 1965, Basham left SOAS to join the Australia National University, where he became the Head of the History Department and also Professor of Oriental Civilizations.
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