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A History of Nepal
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. Economi ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published August 31st 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1990)
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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 ...more
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 ...more