The Quest for the Origins of Vedic Culture: The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate
Oxford University Press, 2001 M09 6 - 416 pages
Western scholars have argued that Indian civilization was the joint product of an invading Indo-European people--the "Indo-Aryans"--and indigenous non-Indo European peoples. Although Indian scholars reject this European reconstruction of their country's history, Western scholarship gives little heed to their argument. In this book, Edwin Bryant explores the nature and origins of this fascinating debate.
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Very balanced and even handed despite Bryant walking on a tightrope (since he was at Harvard with Witzel when he wrote this). Read full review
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