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A number of resources are available to the general reader, free if on the internet and at a charge through most other resources. Amazon books and several of the other major internet book suppliers can provide lists of books about the subject. 

Book Stores has considerably expanded its range of books in recent years. They now provide both initial sales from a variety of publishers and second hand books from various sources. 

However, for books published in India it will often be a lot cheaper to source the books from an Indian bookseller. I have used Biblia Impex PVT (, or write to 2/18 Ansari Road, New Delhi-110 002, with no serious problems in the past. I have also used with some success, and have excellent reports from others about Vedams Books,

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A lot of very useful books for those interested in the Kushan period in fact cover a broader range. Books covering 'ancient Iran and India' often dedicate a quarter or a third of their space to Kushan history and provide a useful context. 

Kushan History

Dated Kushana Inscriptions, Satya Shrava

Trade and religious exchange: India and China, Xinru Liu

The Armies of Bactria, Valerii.P.Nikonorov

Kushana Coins and History, Pameshwari Lal Gupta


Buddhism and Gandara Art, edited by R C Sharma and Pranati Ghosal

Art and Culture Under the Kushanas, Suman Mathur

Echoes of Alexander the Great: Silk Route Portraits from Gandhara, Marian Wenzel

Gandhara: The Memory of Afghanistan, by Berenice Geoffroy-Schneiter

Gandharan Art in Context: East-West Exchanges at the Crossroads of Asia, Raymond Allchin, Bridget Allchin, Neil Kreitman, Elizabeth Errington.


Coins of the Great Kushans, Arvind K.Singh

Silk Road Coins: The Hiryama Collection, K.Tanabe

Studies in Silk Road Coins and Culture:Silk Road Art and Archaeology Special Volume 1997, edited by K.Tanabe, J.Cribb, H.Wang

Ancient, Medieval and Recent History and Coins of Pakistan by Rear Admiral Sohail A. Khan

Ancient Indian Coinage, Rekha Jain

General: Asia

History of Civilizations of Central Asia, J.Harmatta

The Crossraods of Asia, E.Errington and J.Cribb

General: India

Mlecchas in Early India, Aloka Parasher

Women and Gender Studies

Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval and Modern India, edited by Mandakranta Bose

Courtesans and Tantric Consorts, Serinity Young



IndoSkript, Harry Falk, Walter Slaje, Oliver Hellwig

Star system: Books with no stars are only recommended if you have a strong interest in that area. One Star means a book is either quite specialized, or that there is something better available in the same area. Represents a book that is both well written and presents new and interesting research, and has appeal beyond a narrow specialism. The stars are only a very rough guide, the reviews will contain more information on the suitability of the book.

Other Articles/Books

These are short notes on other books and articles in recent Journals which I don't intend to review.

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