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    The Wonder That Was India  (English, Paperback, A. L. Basham)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Picador
    • ISBN: 9780330439091, 033043909X
    • Edition: 2004
    • Pages: 572
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    This book, The Wonder That was India, was written in 1958 by a British historian A. L. Basham. It traces the history of India from the ancient times to just before the arrival of the Muslim invaders.


    Summary Of The Book


    Indian civilization is among the oldest in the world, and what is unique in that respect is that the culture of the peoples still remains largely unchanged, with a strong thread of continuity through the ages.


    The Wonder That was India takes a look at the country’s history from the time of the Harappan or Indus Valley Civilization. It explores the possible causes for the decline of the Harappan civilization and settlements. The book talks about the possibility of the Harappans having moved towards the south and settled in the peninsular region.


    The author also discusses the Aryan invasion theory, supporting it with various research papers and findings of that time. The evolution of Hindu religion is also talked about in this book—from the Harappan times, to the coming of the Aryans and the mutual influence that Hinduism and its off shoots Jainism and Buddhism had on each other.


    This book is comprehensive in its coverage of Indian history. It looks at every aspect of Indian society and culture. The Wonder That was India covers everything from religion, governance, social evolution, literary traditions, philosophy languages, and science.


    The author explores the significant role the Hindu religion played on the lives of the people. All the literary compositions of ancient times had religious associations. He also puts forward the theory that the European gypsies are of Indian origin.


    The Wonder That Was India also gives an insight into modern Indian society and culture, how it became a confluence of different influences from many a quarter throughout the many stages of its history.


    About A. L. Basham


    Arthur Llewellyn Basham was an Indologist and a professor at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.


    Basham wrote many books on India, including A Cultural History of India and The Sharqi Sultanate Of Jaunpur. He also co-authored The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism, Religious Beliefs and Practices of North India During the Early Medieval Period, and History and Doctrines of the Ajivikas:A Vanished Indian Religion. But his most popular work is the book The Wonder That Was India.


    The author 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. Basham was interested in studying various religions, from Christianity to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. The author obtained a degree in Sanskrit from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He served in the Civil Defence department during the Second World War. After the war, he 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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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2004
    Contributors
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      • A. L. Basham
    University Books Details
    • Degree/Diploma
      • B.A
    • Specialization
      • B.A(History)
    • Subject
      • Political History of Early India, Culture and Religion
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      • 794 g
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    A wonder indeed!

    Was not much interested in buying a history of India written by a non Indian. My friends studying history recommended the book and I just thought of giving it a try. I had certain apprehensions regarding the content that it would be another affront on the culture and tradition of Ancient India by apathetic official writers of colonial age. Was I mistaken? Yes and big time. Had I maintained my prejudice, I would have lost a wonderful opportunity to understand and take pride in my own culture.
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    srinath iyer

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    dig into your past and wonder that was india:)

    Brilliantly written* by A.L.Basham, who taught the Noted Historian Ms Romila Thapar...a must read for every Indian...delivered express speed by Flipkart in New Delhi(w/o bubble packing:(...my dad and i are rekindling our book reading and adding on to our home library from Flipkart...as always i wish they give 30-40-50% discount on ALL BOOKS so we can order more...at least two-books-a-week:):):)...*=with some mistakes which my Sanskrit Scholar Dad noticed i.e translations of Sanskrit and Hind...
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    manish dixit

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    12 Jul, 2012

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    Not worth spending a penny

    Not so good book. Started with much expectation and found the old rant of english men.
    Most of his proposition has been proven wrong through modern archeology, dna tests and linguistic.

    Even most of the points that have been made were not based on reasoning and evidence available even in those days. Most of the matter is prejudiced and based upon Christian Theology and perception.

    There are much better books on the same topic, one can go through 'Relegion as knowledge' etc
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    Ankur

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    5

    best book for ancient india

    this book is useful for UPSC history optional, not necessary for preliminaries. whoever wants to know about ancient indian history,this book is like a bible for them. eminent historians like romila thappar quote's from this book. but i feel, as the book is too old and many research have been carried out in the past 2 decades,you cant find details regarding recently excavated archaeological sites and new theories.
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    shashank

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    11 Mar, 2014

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    Incredible India Revisited :)

    This book is more than just a historical reference or a stock of events. It is a work of religious research and understanding of the historical times which are presented quite intelligently knitted together. Reading this book is like visiting a museum where one can see and feel, such is the magic of the content of this book that you would feel that your are almost there.


    Detailing is good at places and unnecessary text is avoided as well. A good read for students on history/scholars and as...
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    Lalit Sangar

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    8 Aug, 2012

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    5

    The best book i have read

    My dad had bought this book long ago and i got a chance to read it in 2003.Even today I remember things i had read in this book.It book gives an insight into the way indian culture developed over the centuries.A must read book for everyone !!
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    Prashanth Paramahans

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    4 Jan, 2012

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    Complete rubbish.....

    A.L.Basham being a britisher was prejudiced and has subtly derided the Indian culture.The commonplace Aryan Invasion theory , perpetuated by the Britishers is again referred in this book .He has altogether misinterpreted The Rig Veda . Infact the scripture doesnot account of any invasion , infact to quote the Manu smriti - "The south of himalayas to the indian ocean was the land of Aryans.".
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    BABA KAAM

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    11 Jun, 2014

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    5

    Super!

    Great book for people who are preparing for competitive exams and also a great read to pass time . Book cover is nice and quality of pages is above expectations . Writer has surely justified with his writing
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    Flipkart Customer

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    3 Jan, 2017

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    Terrible product

    Doesn't project correct history of this great land. Still latching on to Aryans theory when it is being debunked. Not in sync with the present discoveries which is dating back Sindhu civilization upto 2000 years earlier than perceived.
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    ajay sapra

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    16 Jul, 2017

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    Fabulous!

    Great work
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