The Wonder That Was India

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The Wonder That Was India
First edition
AuthorArthur Llewellyn Basham
CountryUnited Kingdom
Published1954 by Sidgwick & Jackson
Pages572 (third edition, 1977)

The Wonder That Was India: A Survey of the Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent Before the Coming of the Muslims, is a book on Indian history written by Arthur Llewellyn Basham and first published in 1954.[1]


The book was aimed at a western audience. Basham, in the book, has attempted to correct the negative stereotypes of India created by authors like James Mill, Thomas Babington Macaulay and Vincent Arthur Smith.[2]


Thomas Trautmann considers this book his primary influence which encouraged him to study India.[3] The foreword of the 2005 edition by Picador was written by him.[2][3] David Dean Shulman has said that the book fascinated him.[4]

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  1. ^ Basham, A. L. (2004). The Wonder That was India. London: Picador. ISBN 0-330-43909-X.
  2. ^ a b "India interpreted". The Hindu. 6 March 2005. Retrieved 19 August 2015.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Kinship and language". Frontline. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  4. ^ "An accomplished Indologist". The Hindu. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2015.