Aryans: The Search for a People, a Place and a Myth

Charles Allen

Few themes in history have had as strong a hold on people’s imagination. Fewer still have managed to alter the course of civilization.

This is Charles Allen’s definitive account of the Aryans, offering a grand sweep of language, mythology, contested histories and conflict. Spanning continents, cultures and societies: from the Russian steppe to the Indus valley, the Iliad to the Mahabharata, Greek to Sanskrit, Putin to Trump, and Müller to Vivekananda, Aryans astonishes with its scope. Allen, true to a style that has endeared him to a legion of admirers, weaves a narrative that is startling and illuminating.

Product of a great investigation and meticulous scholarship, Aryans, Allen’s last book, is his crowning achievement and marks the end of an illustrious career.


* 'Coromandel is lively and its stories well chosen.’ – The Economist

* 'An engaging and meaningful account of a very long and complex history.’ – Times Literary Supplement

* '[Makes] history interesting by combining natural storytelling vim with a magpie-sharp eye for shiny detail.’– India Today


'Like an explorer in a jungle, stripping away the foliage from a long-forgotten city, Charles Allen brings to light the most extraordinary ruler in Indian history.’– Tom Holland, author of Rubicon

'A labour of love and notable scholarship, Charles Allen’s Ashoka is a fitting testament to a forgotten epic of discovery. . . All who relish India’s antiquity should read this book.’ – John Keay,  author of Midnight's Descendants

* 'Read this and you will see how absorbing history can be.' – Lord Meghnad Desai, author of Rediscovery of India

  • Classification : HISTORY
  • Pub Date : NOV 15, 2023
  • Imprint : Hachette India
  • Page Extent : 400
  • Binding : HB
  • ISBN : 9789357312684
  • Price : INR 799

Charles Allen

Charles Allen is the author of a number of bestselling books about India, including Plain Tales from the Raj, Kipling Sahib, Ashoka and Coromandel. A traveller, historian and master storyteller, his books, which draw on detailed research, are a testament to a life spent uncovering the stories of the land of his birth. His lasting legacy lies in a series of books about British involvement in India, and the people whose scholarship helped trace the past of the subcontinent and discovered the common root of Indian and European languages. He died in 2020, leaving Aryans, close to completion, with his dear friend David Loyn, who has edited the book.

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