INDIA by Mark Naidis


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A difficult book to review without maps and illustrations, even without a reference table of place names for identification, incases Where the old names are used. But it is a book which should be accepted for what it is, rather than for what it is not, namely a historical sketch in which the march of events is reduced to basic facts, stripped of color and fortunately of prejudice. The author in his attempt to be completely objective, has ended by being so neutral that the result is competent, useful, and candidly, dull. Indian history is complex and covers a vast area and time stemming back to the Indus civilization estimated as existing from 2500-1500 B.C. The traveller of today Will be anxious to learn more of the story behind such evidences of civilization as the Ellora and Ajunta Caves, the live carvings of Mahabalipuram, the Khajaraho discoveries, and the closely linked Cambodian temples and palaces. He will feel rather frustrated by the paucity of material provided. It is an outline history with an excellent bibliography.

Publisher: Macmillan