Coromandel: A Personal History of South India


Coromandel was the name given by European traders to India's south-eastern seaboard, a corruption of the Tamil Cholamandalam, after the temple-building Chola kings who ruled the southern peninsula for centuries prior to the Islamic invasions. Indian history tends to focus on Northern India, but Coromandel will journey south, exploring the less well-known, often neglected and very different history and identity of the oldest India in the pre-Aryan Dravidian south. Highly acclaimed historian Charles Allen explores the astonishing Buddhist and Jain civilizations that flourished all along India's eastern seaboard before Hinduism became the established religion. In Coromandel, Allen continues his investigation into early Indian history, begun in Ashoka. At each point in his journey through the Indian south he meets local historians, gurus, politicians and other colourful personalities and with their help uncovers some extraordinary stories about the past. This is a traveller's tale and as Allen moves through contemporary India, he discovers as much about the present as he does about the past.
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    AuthorCharles Allen
    BindingHardcover
    EAN9781408705391
    Edition01
    ISBN9781408705391
    Height950 mm
    Length650 mm
    Width150 mm
    LanguageEnglish
    Language TypePublished
    Number Of Pages432
    Product GroupBook
    Publication Date2017-11-30
    PublisherLittle, Brown
    Release Date2017-12-05
    StudioLittle, Brown
    Sales Rank22924

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