The Wonder That Was India: A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent from the Coming of the Muslims

By: Basham, AL

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review - it thoroughly deserves its reputation as a classic, holding up well after 53 years. In my experience with histories of India, you generally have two extremes: Ones written by Indian authors that so aggressively seek to discount earlier volumes' Western slant it comes across as "one-upsmanship", and the volumes written by Western authors that seek to apologize for earlier transgressions. A.L. Basham achieves a happy medium. Some of his language can be excused as indicative of the time in which he wrote the book, 7 years after the Partition, but otherwise he does a great job of covering Indian history up to the High Middle Ages with thoroughness and equanimity. His writing is also very engaging. 572pp with 3 photo mid sections

Title: The Wonder That Was India: A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent from the Coming of the Muslims

Author Name: Basham, AL

Categories: GEOGRAPHY, POLITICS/GOVERNMENT/LAW, HISTORY,

Publisher: Fontana: 1974

Binding: Papeback

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: None issued

Size: 20cm

Seller ID: 009307

Keywords: Basham India History Politics,