The Wonder That Was India

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The Wonder That Was India
First edition
Author Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Subject History
Published 1954 by Sidgwick & Jackson
Pages 572 (third edition, 1977)
ISBN 0-330-43909-X
Followed by The Wonder That Was India - Volume II

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] Later in 2005, S. A. A. Rizvi wrote a second volume covering the Islamic period titled The Wonder That Was India - Volume II: A Survey of the History and Culture of the Indian Sub-Continent from the Coming of the Muslims to the British Conquest 1200-1700.[3][4]


Thomas Trautmann considers this book his primary influence which encouraged him to study India.[5] The foreword of the 2005 edition by Picador was written by him.[2][5] David Dean Shulman has said that the book fascinated him.[6]

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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. 
  3. ^ "Mughal emperor Aurangzeb drew poverty line first". The Times of India. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Saiyid Athar Abbas Rizvi; A.L. Basham (February 2005). The Wonder That Was India. Pan Macmillan Limited. ISBN 978-0-330-43910-7. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Kinship and language". Frontline (magazine). Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "An accomplished Indologist". The Hindu. 10 March 2006. Retrieved 19 August 2015.