Wonder That Was India

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

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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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    AL Basham’s The Wonder that was Indian is a brilliant early history of one of the oldest civilisations. When it was first published in the united kingdom in 1954, it became an instant hit, as it would in the united states a few years later since then it has consistently found an avid readership all over the world, been translated into many languages, and has educated and entertained generations of general readers, serious students and travellers to India. This edition celebrates its fifty years in print with a foreword by Thomas R Trautmann, Professor at the university of Michingan and once Basham’s Student, Which brings alive the man and the academic behind the cherished volume and illuminates the historical influences upon it.

    The wonder that was India is a Classic that anybody with an interest in the civilisational beginnings of India must read. It is a work of uncompromising scholarship and a labour of love.
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    Publication Year
    • 2004
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

    Jan, 2012

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    Excellent

    Excellent paper quality and binding !
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    Flipkart Customer

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    Really Nice

    Could be called as " father book " of ancient history of India.
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    vyshakh Gopinadhan

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    5

    Brilliant

    You'll love it
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    Pown kumar

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    Jan, 2018

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    5

    Just wow!

    Amazing book good read for everyone irrespective of you r a student or not.
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    Snehlata Jha

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    Questions and Answers
    Q:how is this useful for history Optional when iam preapring from Upinder singh for Ancient part?
    A:This book is not written for the purpose of competitive exams. It is a book based on how India was a rich country in terms of culture, heritage etc. If you want to have a feel about India then read it
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    Q:Is it need for UPSC mains?
    A:yes
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    Q:Is it useful for ba sem 1
    A:Depends on syllabus.. if you have social life and culture in sem 1 then it is certainly a must read.
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    Q:the terminology of the english is easy or hard
    A:very free flowing .
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    Q:Is this book contain the details from pre historic period
    A:yes
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    Q:content of the book
    A:content is really good especially for Indus Valley Civilization,Buddhism,Jainism,schools of thought from UPSC point of view. Its scholarly hence we need to note down relevant points.Great book ovrall
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