While getting down from a train recently, a small post-it on the wall of the coach caught my attention. The thematic approach is a nice break from many books focusing on a timeline. Some of the theories described in the book have been falsified or are updated now, but that would not be a negative mark, as the author at the time of publication of this boo A great work on the history of ancient India.
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His father had been a journalist who served in the Indian Army at Kasauli, near Simla during World War I, and it was the stories that his father told him about India that wnoder introduced him to the culture of the country from wikipedia: As the foreward in this new edition points out, the book stops "before the coming of the Muslims" because Basham didn't have any background in Persian, not as any sort of "statement" about that part of Indian history. Most of his proposition has been proven wa through modern archeology, dna tests and inda.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Oh and according to Basham, the gypsies are of Indian origin, so next time you see Brad Pitt in Snatch remember he is just Rajnikant in disguise.
Secondly, the chapter making is different from other books. May 12, Heena rated it it was amazing. 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 badham other.
Even most of the points that have been made were not based on reasoning and evidence available even in those days. I do not know about principles but change and choice are always prevalent when you pause to think about life and also about history.
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I believe no one ever summarized Indian history in a depth surpassing the level Basham has gone in "The Wonder sas was India". And more obscure ones. 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.
One person found this helpful. The author was born in in Essex. It looks at every aspect of Indian society and culture.
Also it's great to know about the contribution of India to world. Open Preview See a Problem?
These items are eas from and sold by different sellers. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 15 days. Women had rights to choose husbands but they were supposed to be submissive, this claim also needs citation, otherwise the claim is self-contradicting. Customers who bought this item also bought.
The Wonder That Was India By A L Basham
The story of the assimilative nature of Hinduism and its evolution as an all encompassing religion which identifies not just with the people, but with the land itself, to such an extent that it treats Buddha as an incarnation of Vishnu is fascinating! The Wonder That Was India: One of the great book donder you are a college student of BA or if you have decided to sit for UPSE and you have taken History as optional. This is contradicting other historians' study with citations that in Vedic times women were treated equally.
If someone gives him one star, I will not be surprised.
From the Origins to AD From the early civilizations in the west to invasion of Aryans and early ages of "Hindu" society, you will experience what we are told in the school days was just a half baked story, hiding the details that may change your view created by the present political activities. In conclusion, the author tries to explain the resilience and optimism of India despite the adversities as follows: Basham was interested in studying various religions, from Christianity to Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
Because of this we find numerous references to legends, myths and kings of western world, so that the intended audience can correlate with the corresponding piece of Indian history. Aug 29, Stephen rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Wonder That Was India also bashm an insight into modern Indian society and culture, how it became a confluence indis different influences from many a quarter throughout the many stages of its history.
Historical forms of marriage, including one in which the bride choose her bridegroom. I feel like I walked away from This is a dense book. The ups and downs of Hinduism and how the prominence attached to the different Gods have risen and fallen from the Vedic Age to the present times is wonderfully explained.