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While John Whelpton's history of Nepal focuses on the period since the overthrow of the Rana family autocracy in 1950-51, the early chapters are devoted to the origins of the kingdom and the evolving relations of its diverse peoples. Whelpton portrays a country of extraordinary contrasts, whose history has been buffeted constantly by its neighbors, China and India. Economic and political turmoil over the last fifty years came to a climax with the massacre of the royal family in 2001, when the country erupted into civil war. This book is the most comprehensive and accessible English-language one-volume history of Nepal. John Whelpton, who works as a teacher in Hong Kong, is an historian and linguist. He has worked and traveled extensively in Nepal, and has written numerous articles and books on the subject. These include Nationalism & Ethnicity in a Hindu Kingdom: The Politics and Culture of Contemporary Nepal (Routledge, 1997), and Kings, Soldiers and Priests: Nepalese Politics and the Rise of Jang Bahadur Rana, 1830-1857 (South Asia Books, 1992).Read more
- A single-volume history of Nepal in English
- An introduction which unravels the region's complexities for the student and general reader
- Author who has written extensively on the subject draws on history and anthropology to bring the country and its people to life
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'A History of Nepal will be of interest to any student of South Asian studies, since it fills a serious lacuna in scholarship on the region. … Whelpton's text is the first accessible overview of Nepal's political history published by a university press in English. … Whelpton deserves much praise for rising to the challenge of writing a comprehensive yet orderly history of a nation … Whelpton succeeds on all accounts. As a result, A History of Nepal is a compelling narrative introduction to this frequently misunderstood country.' The Times Higher Education SupplementSee more reviews
'… very well written and organised, … an excellent one-volume up-to-date history of Nepal in addition to being an extremely good reference book.' The Britain-Nepal Society Journal
'… Whelpton's History of Nepal is a valuable introduction to that country. It will be useful to all non-Nepalese specialists interested in South Asia: it gives a good and accurate account of the historical events and provides general information on a wide range of quite disparate topics.' Contributions to Nepalese Studies
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- Date Published: March 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521804707
- length: 322 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 155 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- contains: 20 b/w illus. 6 maps 4 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
List of maps
List of tables
Notes on romanisation and terminology
List of abbreviations
1. Environment, state and society in the central Himalayas to 1743
2. Unification and sanskritisation, 1743–1885
3. Nepal under the Shamsher Ranas, 1885–1951
4. The monarchy in ascendance: domestic politics and foreign relations, 1951–91
5. The quest for 'development': economy and environment, 1951–91
6. Lifestyles, values, identities: changes in Nepalese society, 1951–91
7. Democracy and disillusionment: Nepal since 1991
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