A History of Nepal

A History of Nepal While John Whelpton s history of Nepal focuses on the period since the overthrow of the Rana family autocracy in the early chapters are devoted to the origins of the kingdom and the evolving

  • Title: A History of Nepal
  • Author: John Whelpton
  • ISBN: 9780521800266
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 EconomiWhile 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.

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    1. This is a surprisingly comprehensive and relatively balanced review of the history of Nepal over the last two and a half centuries. The author is able to provide a brief analysis of most events and aspects of the history without taking sides, even when discussing the foreign actors and influences. The result, however, is that a 240 page book is significantly lacking in detail or depth. While it is not the most exciting book I have ever read, and most everything that is covered in the book is dis [...]

    2. Good quality history as is usual for the edition. I would probably find it more interesting if I was not familiar with Nepali history already. Book gives good overview of all important events, although focus is undoubtedly in modern post Rana period (after 1951). The book will give good basic understanding of current situation albeit some further study of post 2006 peace process would be needed. Generally recommend this book for people who want to get quickly acquainted with the basics, while fu [...]

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