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A Cultural History of India

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This book, edited by the well-known historian A. L. Basham, presents a comprehensive survey of Indian culture, covering such aspects as religion, philosophy, social organization, literature, art. architecture, music and science. It includes a special section dealing with the influence of Indian civilization on the rest of the world, as well as details of the political hist ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published May 7th 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 16th 1975)
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Riju Ganguly
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although this book kad been compiled for publication in 1975 (practically the middle ages, if you consider the changes that the world has undergone since then), it stands tall as the BEST primer for anybody interested in learning anyhting about India (except Cricket & Environment, and for those subjects I would like to suggest an immediate reading of works of Ramachandra Guha). It's almost impossible to find out another book covering practically the entire breadth of Indian socio-econmoic-cu ...more
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A good primer on the subject. Several questions in the Civil Service exams seem to come straight from this book.
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Professor Arthur Llewellyn Basham (24 May 1914 – 27 January 1986) was a noted historian and indologist and author of a number of books.Possibly his most popular book is The Wonder That was India (Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1954) - published seven years after the 1947 Independence of India. Revised editions of the book were released in 1963 and then 1967. Rupa & Co, New Delhi brought out a ...more