Pages: 160
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: illustrations


A Short History

Edward Conze

This authoritative guide provides a classic introduction to the ancient faith of Buddhism from one of recent history's greatest scholars in the subject.

The Book

In this authoritative guide, one of the world's most distinguished scholars of Buddhism provides a compact summary of the tradition's development, from the time of the Buddha to the 20th century exile of the Dalai Lama.

With skill, sympathy, and insight, Conze traces 2,500 years of Buddhist history, providing a lively explanation of the origins of Buddhism and its most basic doctrines. Covering all the Buddhist schools from Maháyána to Zen, this comprehensive, concise study is widely acknowledged as the classic introduction to the history of the Buddhist tradition, perfect for students and interested readers alike.

Additional Information

Pages 160
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations illustrations


About the Author

Edward Conze studied Indian and comparative philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Hamburg. He later lectured in psychology, philosophy, and comparative religion at Oxford, held a number of academic appointments, and served as Vice-President of the Buddhist Society. His many books include Buddhist Texts Through the Ages (Oneworld, Sept 1995, ISBN: 9781851681075).


"A lucid and reliable introduction to Buddhism."

- The Times Higher Educational Supplement

"Clear, precise, informed and comprehensive."

- Middle Way

"This is a sound introduction to the religion and a fine work of reference for those already acquainted with its doctrines."

- The Good Book Guide

Table of Contents

Introduction. The First Five Hundred Years: 500-0 BC2. The Second Period: AD 0-5003. The Third Period: AD 500-10004. The Last One Thousand Years: AD 1000-1978. Bibliography. Index.

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