A Brief History of India
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A Brief History of India

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Dani鬯u's powerful rebuttal to the conventional view of India's history, which calls for a massive reevaluation of the history of humanity

• Explores historical occurrences from each major time period starting with the first appearance of man 30,000 years ago

• Couples the clarity and perspective of an outsider with the unique and specific knowl...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 11th 2003 by Inner Traditions
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Alain Daniélou was a famous Indologist. He had an amazing life: read Shiv Sharan: Not Your Typical French Hindu.

I have read Part 1: Origins, which covers:

* The First Civilization: the Proto-Australoids (Munda)
* The Second Civilization: the Dravidians
* The Third Civilization: the Aryans

I have to say it's rather fanciful. Daniélou states that Shaivism predates the Vedas, whereas all other sources that I've read indicate the opposite. Furthermore, he perpetuates the Aryan Invasion Theory myth. He c...more
Johnny Cordova
I'm mostly interested in ancient history and found the first 40 to 50 pages of this book very satisfying (enough so that I am inspired to read more of Danielou's works). The rest is a well-presented overview of India's long line of empires, invasions, wars, occupations, and so forth. Interesting but not exactly my cup of tea. The book contains three maps. 30 would not have been too many.

Another reviewer complained that the book is emotional at times. I don't see that as a fault. I appreciate a h...more
Masen Production
I think this book is a little outdated YET its a great book that gives you a quick brief insights to Various eras of Indian History. The various important dynasties are elaborated in chronological order, various aggressors & settlers of our country are introduced.

In all a book that can be a handbook for light reading about Indian history.
Damian Satterthwaite-Phillips
I learned a great deal from this book... a very different picture of India than the standard one we get in the States. However, much of the book was presented more or less as long lists of facts with little attempt to put a human face on any of it, or get at motivations, which made for awfully dry reading for large chunks at a time.
Two stars for lack of maps and end notes. Four stars for all the things I learned I never knew before about the Indian sub-continent.
Interesting, but emotional and makes the reader dubious.
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Alain Daniélou :
1935-1948, études du sanskrit, philosophie, théologie, musique dans les écoles traditionnelles hindoues à Bénarès ;
1948-1954, professeur à l'université hindoue de Bénarès ;
1954 1956, directeur de la bibliothèque de manuscrits et des éditions sanskrites d'Adyar à Madras;
1956-1963, membre de l'Institut français d'indologie et de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient ;
1963-1977, dire...more
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