What were the important stages in the 1,600-odd-year history of Indian Buddhism?

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In the development of its doctrines, Indian Buddhism can be divided into 5 periods: first, the primitive period of Buddhism—the first 100 years or so after the Buddha’s Parinibbana; second, the period of Nikayas Schism—about 400 years following the first; third, for about 4 centuries after that—the period when the Madhyamika School of Mahayana flourished; fourth, for another 4 centuries after that—the period when the Mahayana Yogacara School flourished (in the later part of this period, the Tantric School became popular); fifth, for the final 3 centuries roughly—the period of the prevalence of the Tantric School. (From Essentials of Buddhism: Questions and Answers)