A History of Nepal
Cambridge University Press, 17.2.2005 - 296 sivua
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).
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Unification and sanskritisation 17431885
Nepal under the Shamsher Ranas 18851951
domestic politics and foreign
economy and environment
changes in Nepalese society
Nepal since 1991
1990 People's Movement activists areas army B. P. Koirala became Bhaktapur Bhattarai Bhimsen border Brahmans British Buddhist campaign caste cent centre century Chand Chetri China coalition Communist Party Congress government continued Democratic Deuba Dipendra district elections elite established ethnic group faction foreign Ganesh Man Singh Gorkha Gorkhali government's Gurung Gyanendra high-caste hills Himalayas Hindu important increased India Jang Bahadur Jang's Juddha Kathmandu Valley Khasa King Birendra land language leader Licchavi Limbus Lokendra Bahadur Chand Magar maharaja Mahendra major Malla Maoists Marxist-Leninist monarchy Nepalese Nepali Congress Nepali National Congress Newar normally organisation palace Panchayat Panchayat system Parbatiya parliament particularly Party of Nepal People's Movement police political parties population Prachanda Praja Parishad prime minister probably Rastriya Panchayat remained role royal rulers Shah Shamsher Rana Singh Surya Bahadur Surya Bahadur Thapa Tamang Tarai Thapa Tharu Tibet Tibetan Tibeto-Burman Tribhuvan village western