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History of Nepal
John Whelpton
0521804701
March 2005
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Review
'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.' Times Higher Education Supplement

Book Description
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...


Remaking Buddhism for Medieval Nepal
Tuladhar-douglas
0415359198
Aug 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
This book establishes the existence, character and causes of a renaissance of Buddhism in the fifteenth century in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. It provides the basis for the historical study of Newar Buddhism as one distinct tradition among the many that comprise Indic Buddhism and sheds new light on an important branch of Mahayana Buddhism.

Using a particular Nepalese Sanskrit Buddhist text, the Gunakarandavyuha (GKV) as the main source, the author shows that there is a distinctive genre of Buddhist Sanskrit texts to which the GKV belongs - the Garland texts - which dates to the middle of the fifteenth century. The Garland texts are the most visible evidence of a substantial and deliberate reformulation of Nepalese Buddhism. Through a thorough study of the relevant texts in the classical Himalayan...


Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
Richard Grimmett, et al
0691049106
November 8, 1999
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Book Description

From the snowcapped Himalayas and the Indus valley, to the Ganges delta and the Sri Lankan forests, the Indian subcontinent is home to 13% of the world's species of birds and thousands of birders and ecotourists flock to the area every year. This field guide will be indispensable to those who wish to find and identify the many species of avifauna of the Indian subcontinent and environs.

Featuring more than 150 color plates by eminent bird illustrators from Europe and India, it depicts all the known species in the region, ranging from the Himalayan Snowcock in the north to the Sri Lanka Spurfowl in the south. The plates include all relevant identifiable subspecies, as well as ages and sexes. It contains hundreds of range maps and the succinct text on the facing pages covers identification, voice, and distribution....



The Inheritance of Loss
Kiran Desai
0871139294
January 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This stunning second novel from Desai (Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard) is set in mid-1980s India, on the cusp of the Nepalese movement for an independent state. Jemubhai Popatlal, a retired Cambridge-educated judge, lives in Kalimpong, at the foot of the Himalayas, with his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, and his cook. The makeshift family's neighbors include a coterie of Anglophiles who might be savvy readers of V.S. Naipaul but who are, perhaps, less aware of how fragile their own social standing is—at least until a surge of unrest disturbs the region. Jemubhai, with his hunting rifles and English biscuits, becomes an obvious target. Besides threatening their very lives, the revolution also stymies the fledgling romance between 16-year-old Sai and her Nepalese tutor, Gyan. The cook's...


Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy
Manjushree Thapa
0670058122
January 2005
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Snow Leopard
Peter Matthiessen
0140255087
August 1987
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Book Review
In the autumn of 1973, the writer Peter Matthiessen set out in the company of zoologist George Schaller on a hike that would take them 250 miles into the heart of the Himalayan region of Dolpo, "the last enclave of pure Tibetan culture on earth." Their voyage was in quest of one of the world's most elusive big cats, the snow leopard of high Asia, a creature so rarely spotted as to be nearly mythical; Schaller was one of only two Westerners known to have seen a snow leopard in the wild since 1950.

Published in 1978, The Snow Leopard is rightly regarded as a classic of modern nature writing. Guiding his readers through steep-walled canyons and over tall mountains, Matthiessen offers a narrative that is shot through with metaphor and mysticism, and his arduous search for the snow leopard becomes a vehicle for reflections on...



The Gurkhas (Elite)
Mike Chappell (Illustrator)
1855323575
September 30, 1993
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Book Description
The origins of the Gurkhas date back to 1815, when one of the most skilled and determined opponents that the British soldier had to overcome in battle was the Nepalese warrior. The British were so impressed with the military skills of these fighters that they began recruiting units exclusively from Nepal. From this beginning grew the now famous Gurkha units. This volume examines the development of the Gurkhas through the various wars and confrontations of the 19th century, through the First World War, Second World War and the various postwar conflicts including Malaya, Borneo and the Falklands.

From the Publisher
An unrivalled illustrated reference source on fighting men and commanders, past and present. Each volume is packed with full colour artwork, making military history...


Popular Buddhist Texts from Nepal
Todd Thornton Lewis
0791446115
June 2000
Hardcover
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Nepal
Jon Burbank
0761414762
October 2002
Hardcover
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Card catalog description
Explores in pictures and text the cultural history and religious practices that still pervade everyday life for the major ethnic groups that inhabit this remote and fascinating mountain country. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.


Everest: Triumph and Tragedy on the World's Highest Peak
Matt Dickinson
0641519796

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Himalayan People's War: Nepal's Maoist Rebellion
Michael Hutt (Editor)
0253217423
September 2004
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Foreign Affairs, March/April 2005
"...it is still the best available background study of Nepal's problems."

Book Description
The eruption of a violent Maoist insurgency in Nepal in the late 1990s was met with bewilderment even among many who claimed to know the country well. The so-called "people’s war" was launched in 1996 by the Communist Party of Nepal to overthrow the political establishment, including the monarchy. Tactics have included killing members of rival parties as well as attacks on police stations, banks, and power installations. The indiscriminate nature of the government’s military response has been widely criticized. In 2001, Nepal’s political situation came to the attention of Western news media with the murders of members of the royal family. This book provides...


To the Light: A Journey Through Buddhist Asia [BARGAIN PRICE]
Sharon Collins
B0007XAWVW
September 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Lyrical, evocative color landscapes, still lifes, interiors and portraits invite the reader into a Buddhist world. To the Light opens with a photograph of a red-robed monk, profiled in the cameo of a monastery window. Inviting the reader to accompany her, an elderly Nepali woman, standing backlit in a gompa doorway, gazes out from the following page. As the journey unfolds, a series of landscapes, still lifes, interiors and portraits evoke a spiritual as well as geographical context. Gently, Sharon Collins' luminous, serene images lead the reader into a world of contemplation and simplicity. Seventy-four full page color photographs of Buddhist Asia, paired with short, key paragraphs from sacred texts, transform the intangible into the tangible. Far beyond being a mere straightforward narrative of Buddhism, To the...


Nepal
Kate A. Conley
1591972930
September 2003
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4--This slim series title features pages of uncluttered text with full-color photo inserts, occasionally full page. Two-page chapters address "The Kingdom of Nepal," "A Nation of Farmers," "Land of Festivals," and more. The basic text will assist beginning or reluctant readers. Features and sidebars offer "Fast Facts," a brief time line, a recipe for a national dish, and a few words in Nepali. Unfortunately, much of the information provided is so oversimplified, vague, or misleading that it will give readers an inaccurate understanding of the country and culture. For example, there is no mention that the climate varies drastically by region. In addition, there are some obvious omissions. For example, comments about dress don't mention lungi or the topi, both ubiquitous items. For a basic, more...


Selves in Time and Place
Debra Skinner
0847685993
Jan 1998
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Book Description
Recently anthropology has turned to accounts of persons-in-history/history-in-persons, focusing on how individuals and groups as agents both fashion and are fashioned by social, political, and cultural discourses and practices. In this approach, power, agency, and history are made explicit as individuals and groups work to constitute themselves in relation to others and within and against sociopolitical and historical contexts. Contributors to this volume extend this emphasis, drawing upon their ethnographic research in Nepal to examine closely how selves, identities, and experience are produced in dialogical relationships through time in a multi-ethic nation-state and within a discourse of nationalism. The diversity of peoples, recent political transformations, and nation-building efforts make Nepal an especially rich...


Massacre at the Palace: The Doomed Royal Dynasty of Nepal
Jonathan Gregson
0786868783


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From Publishers Weekly
On June 1, 2001, Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal shot and killed his father, mother, brother, sister and five other members of the royal family, including himself. For most observers, the massacre was an unfathomable atrocity. But as Gregson shows in this labyrinthine analysis of Nepal's monarchy, the catastrophe was wholly in keeping with the family's bloody history. The Shah dynasty first consolidated power over Nepal in the late 1700s, and the succeeding generations saw courtly intrigues, exiles, executions and palace bloodbaths (including the 1846 Kot Massacre, in which over 30 aristocrats and extended royalty perished). More than one junior queen was forced to perform sati (ritual immolation) so that she could not provide an alternate line of heirs to the throne. The weight of this tortured ancestry, Gregson...


To the Top!: Climbing the World's Highest Mountain (Step into Reading Books Series: A Step 4 Book)
Sydelle A. Kramer
0679838856
March 1993
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Review
"This is just the book to hook adventure-lovers on biographies. "--School Library Journal.  

Review
"This is just the book to hook adventure-lovers on biographies. "--School Library Journal.  

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The Rough Guide to Nepal
Rough Guides
1858288991
October 28, 2002
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Book Description
INTRODUCTION Nepal forms the very watershed of Asia. Landlocked between India and Tibet, it spans terrain from subtropical jungle to the icy Himalaya, and contains or shares eight of the world’s ten highest mountains. Its cultural landscape is every bit as diverse: a dozen major ethnic groups, speaking as many as fifty languages and dialects, coexist in this narrow, jumbled buffer state, while two of the world’s great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, overlap and mingle with older tribal practices. Yet it’s a testimony to Nepali tolerance and good humour that there’s no tradition of ethnic or religious strife. Unlike India, Nepal was never colonized, a fact which comes through in fierce national pride and other, more idiosyncratic ways. Founded on trans-Himalayan trade, the dense, medieval cities...


History of Nepal
John Whelpton
0521800269
March 2005
Hardcover
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Review
'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.' Times Higher Education Supplement

Book Description
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...


Nepal Mandala: A Cultural Study of the Kathmandu Valley
Mary Slusser
0691031282
September 1982
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Touching My Father's Soul: A Sherpa's Journey to the Top of Everest
Jamling Tenzing Norgay
0062516884
May 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
In a spectacular and mesmerizing narrative, Jamling Tenzing Norgay, the climbing leader for the IMAX film expedition on Mount Everest, details the ill-fated 1996 summer climbing season (made famous by Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air) and deftly weaves in the history, politics, triumphs, and tragedies of climbing the world's tallest mountain. Norgay knows Everest, and Touching My Father's Soul is a must-read for anyone contemplating a summit attempt, even if exclusively from the comfort of a favorite armchair.

Just because technological and meteorological advances have benefited later expeditions, newer isn't necessarily better; much wisdom can be gained from studying the mistakes and encounters of previous attempts. Anecdotes and gripping prose shine throughout, like this gem: "That night--and then the following...



Dispatches from the People's War in Nepal
Li Onesto
0745323405
January 3, 2005
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Selves in Time and Place: Identities, Experience, and History in Nepal
Debra Skinner (Editor)
0847685985
January 1998
Hardcover
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Book Description
Recently anthropology has turned to accounts of persons-in-history/history-in-persons, focusing on how individuals and groups as agents both fashion and are fashioned by social, political, and cultural discourses and practices. In this approach, power, agency, and history are made explicit as individuals and groups work to constitute themselves in relation to others and within and against sociopolitical and historical contexts. Contributors to this volume extend this emphasis, drawing upon their ethnographic research in Nepal to examine closely how selves, identities, and experience are produced in dialogical relationships through time in a multi-ethic nation-state and within a discourse of nationalism. The diversity of peoples, recent political transformations, and nation-building efforts make Nepal an especially rich...

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