This book contains Ramachandra Dikshitar's 1930 study of the Tamils, "Origin and Spread of the Tamils". Tamil people are a Dravidian ethnic group who speak Tamil as their mother tongue. Numbering around 77 million people that live in many different countries, the Tamils are one of the of the biggest and oldest ethno-linguistic cultural groups that exist without their own state. This fascinating and insightful study is highly recommended for those with an interest in the Tamil people, and would make for a fantastic addition to collections of related literature. Vishnampet R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (1896 - 1953), was a historian, Indologist and Dravidologist from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He was a professor of history and archaeology in the University of Madras and authored multiple text books on Indian history. Many vintage texts such as this are becoming increasingly rare and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now, in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.