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I'd like to read about the history of Buddhism. Which book or books would you recommend?

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  • Buddhism: Its History and Literature, by T.W. Rhys Davids
  • Buddhist India, by T.W. Rhys Davids
  • Early Buddhist Monachism (600 B.C. - 100 B.C.), by Sukumar Dutt
  • History of Buddhism in Ceylon: The Anurādhapura Period, 3rd Century BC – 10th Century AC, by Walpola Rahula
  • History of Indian Buddhism: From the Origins to the Śaka Era, by Étienne Lamotte
  • The Buddhist Religion: A Historical Introduction, by Richard H. Robinson
  • The History of Buddhist Thought, by Edward J. Thomas
  • Theravada Buddhism: A Social History from Ancient Benares to Modern Colombo: (Second Edition), by Richard F. Gombrich
  • Indian Buddhism (A.K Warder),
  • History of Indian Buddhism (Hirakawa Akira),
  • How Buddhism Began (Gombrich).
  • The Birth of Insight (Erik Braun).
  • The Origin of Buddhist Meditation (Alexander Wynne),
  • Buddha and Buddhist Synods in India and Abroad (Amarnath Thakur).
  • Bones, Stones, and Buddhist Monks: Collected Papers on the Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Texts of Monastic Buddhism in India (Gregory Schopen).

There is a more of such books at http://www.ahandfulofleaves.org/

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    I also suggest: Indian Buddhism (A.K Warder), History of Indian Buddhism (Hirakawa Akira), How Buddhism Began (Gombrich). Later history: The Birth of Insight (Erik Braun). Specific topics: The Origin of Buddhist Meditation (Alexander Wynne), Buddha and Buddhist Synods in India and Abroad (Amarnath Thakur). More on the archeology side: Bones, Stones, and Buddhist Monks: Collected Papers on the Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Texts of Monastic Buddhism in India (Gregory Schopen). – Thiago Jun 30 '17 at 5:59

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