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History Book Recommendation

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on August 22, 2007

In a comment on my previous post, Suresh sought a book recommendation on South Indian History.

There are a lot of books by Romila Thapar, but my five star recommendation is :

“A History of South India (From prehistoric times to the fall of Vijayanagar)” by Prof. K.A. Nilakanta Sastri.

If you have not read this book – please do so ASAP. From the Cholas, Rastrakutas, Pallavas, to the anthropology of South Indian people, to the never ending battle between the Vijayanagar and Bahmani kingdoms, to the jihads and the sieges. It is all in here. The book is completely scientific and has a chapter on what material (copper plates, land grants, inscriptions) were used to support various events.

I thought I could get a picture of the book cover on the web, but I cant find it. I will take a photo of my copy of the book and upload it tomorrow.

To order the book (Paperback only) :

Amazon : 

Oxford University Press (the publishers) :


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  1. Revathi said, on August 22, 2007 at 6:54 am

    There is also a nice video on Youtube about Rajaraja chola and how he could have constructed the “big temple” that is quite interesting. The author’s interpretation that Rajaraja constructed the temple to atone for all the killings in battle remains a personal view however.

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