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1 John Whelpton
A History of Nepal
Cambridge University Press; New Delhi, India; 0521671418 / 9780521671415; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Nepal emerged as a unified state over two hundred years ago, centred on the Kathmandu Valley with its two thousand years of urban civilisation. While John Whelpton’s history 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. By drawing on recent research on Nepal’s environment, society and political institutions, the author portrays a country of extraordinary contrasts, whose history has been constantly buffeted by its neighbours, China and India. Economic and political turmoil over the last fifty years came to a climax in the massacre of the royal family in 2001, when the country erupted into civil war. The book represents the first English-language history of Nepal in one volume. Its comprehensive and accessible approach will appeal to students, professionals and those visiting the region. Contents Introduction 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. Printed Pages: 319 with 20 halftones, 4 tables, and 6 maps. 027052

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