In The Silent Cry Stiller presented his most original and provocative interpretation of the early phase of Nepal's modern history. The question he asked was simple; if the land-military nexus had been fundamental to the successful growth of Gorkha, what happened to the equation of the Treaty of Sagauli with the East India Company in 1816. In analyzing why the military strength increased subsquently, Stiller provided us with an original perspective on why Bhimsen Thapa - who dominated Nepali politics for two decades after the treaty of Sagauli - had reasons to do so. Whent he increased stregnth of military could only be supported with the truncated corpus of the land owned by the state following Sagauli, this resulted in the fine tuning of the mechanisms to extract more and more resources generated from the land to the coffers of the state. the outcome was clear: further impoverishment of Nepal's peasants.
पृथ्वीनारायण शाहले आफ्नो बल, बुद्धि तथा पराक्रमद्वारा अनेकौं राज्यमा विभक्त पुरानो नेपाल एकीकरण गरी आफ्ना उत्तराधिकारीलाई नासोका रुपमा सुम्पिएका थिए ।
तर उनको मृत्युपश्चात् नेपालमा घात प्रतिघातका अनेकौं शृङ्खला चलिरहे । शिक्षा, उद्योगधन्दा तथा व्यापार व्यवसाय विस्तार गरी देशका सर्वसाधारण नागरिकलाई सुखसुविधा उपलब्ध गराउँदै जानुको सट्टा देशका तात्कालिक प्रमुख प्रशासकहरु आफ्नो परिवार र भाइबन्धुको सुखसुविधा तथा सत्तामोहमै व्यस्त रहे । फलतः समाज विकासक्रम रोकियो र नेपाल विश्वको एउटा निर्धन राष्ट्रका रुपमा परिणत हुन पुग्यो ।
घातप्रतिघातका शृङ्खला रोकिऊन्, यस्ता घटना कहिल्यै नदोहोरिऊन् भन्ने उद्देश्यले अब यस्तो कहिल्यै नहोस् प्रकाशन गरिएको थियो । तर इतिहास दोहोरिँदो रहेछ,जुन राजा वीरेन्द्रविक्रम शाहको समूल वंशनाशबाट पनि प्रमाणित भयो ।
(This book lists 11 incidents that have changed the courses of Nepalese history. They include Damodar Panday's dominance, house-arrests of Queen Rajyalaxmi & King Rajendra Bikram, Kot massacre, PM Rannodwips assassin)
"What happened to the people who made the forlorn long-abandoned statues of Easter Island? What happened to the architects of the crumbling Maya pyramids? Will we go the same way, our skyscrapers one day standing derelict and overgrown like the temples at Angkor Wat? Bringing together new evidence from a startling range of sources and piecing together the myriad influences, from climate to culture, that make societies self-destruct, Jared Diamond's Collapse also shows how - unlike our ancestors - we can benefit from our knowledge of the past and learn to be survivors."
"I don't want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize but rather for my journalism," Gabriel García Márquez said in the final years of his life. And while some of his journalistic writings have been made available over the years, this is the first volume to gather a representative selection from across the first four decades of his career--years during which he worked as a full-time, often muckraking, and controversial journalist, even as he penned the fiction that would bring him the Nobel Prize in 1982. Here are the first pieces he wrote while working for newspapers in the coastal Colombian cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla . . . his longer, more fictionlike reportage from Paris and Rome . . . his monthly columns for Spain's El País. And while all the work points in style, wit, depth, and passion to his fiction, these fifty pieces are, more than anything, a revelation of the writer working at the profession he believed to be "the best in the world."
A field-changing history explains how the subcontinent lost its political identity as the home of all religions and emerged as India, The land of the Hindus. Did South Asia have a shared regional identity prior to the arrival of Europeans in the late fifteenth century? This is a subject of heated debate in scholarly circles and contemporary political discourse. Man an Ahmed as if argues that Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Republic of India share a common political ancestry: they are all part of a region whose people understand themselves as Hindustani. As if describes the idea of Hindustan, as reflected in the work of native historians from roughly 1000 CE to 1900 CE, and how that idea went missing. This makes for a radical interpretation of how India came to its contemporary political identity. As if argues that a European understanding of India as Hindu has replaced an earlier, native understanding of India as Hindustan, a home for all faiths. Turning to the subcontinent medieval past, as if uncovers a rich network of historians of Hindustan who imagined, studied, and shaped their kings, cities, and societies. As if closely examines the most complete idea of Hindustan, elaborated by the early seventeenth century Deccan historian firishta. His monumental work, Tarikh-i firishta, became a major source for European philosophers and historians, such as Voltaire, Kant, Hegel, and gibbon during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Yet firishta’s notions of Hindustan were lost and replaced by a different idea of India that we inhabit today. The loss of Hindustan reveals the intellectual pathways that dispensed with multicultural Hindustan and created a religiously partitioned world of today.
From lockdowns to lock-ups, viruses to vaccination, the movement of people to the movement of bowels, from rats to cats, and more, The Age of Pandemics chronicles the many facets of the cholera, plague and influenza pandemics, which claimed over 70 million lives between 1817 and 1920, with India being the epicentre in all these episodes. A time otherwise known for the worldwide spread of the industrial revolution, imperialism and globalization, the period between the early nineteenth century and the early twentieth century was also the age of pandemics. This book documents the scale of devastation, the likely causes and consequences, and the resilience with which people faced those uncertain times. It also provides the first comprehensive coverage of the worlds greatest demographic disaster ever to descend upon a country in a short period of time - the influenza pandemic in India in 1918 - which claimed more lives than all the battle casualties of World War I. And it shows the continuing relevance of learning from those times to tackle contemporary challenges, such as COVID-19.
Now reissued with a substantial new afterword, this highly acclaimed overview of Western attitudes towards the East has become one of the canonical texts of cultural studies. Very excitinghis case is not merely persuasive, but conclusive.John Leonard in His most important book,established a new benchmark for discussion of the Wests skewed view of the Arab and Islamic world.Simon Louvish in the Edward Said speaks for interdisciplinarity as well as for monumental eruditionThe breadth of reading [is] astonishing.Fred Inglis in A stimulating, elegant yet pugnacious essay. Excitingfor anyone interested in the history and power of ideas.J.H. Plumb in Beautifully patterned and passionately argued.Nicholas Richardson in the
A worldwide bestseller and the first part of Achebe's African Trilogy, Things Fall Apart is the compelling story of one man's battle to protect his community against the forces of change Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire in the harmattan. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy. First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature, and has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.
'A riveting and illuminating tour of how nations deal with crises - which might hopefully help humanity as a whole deal with our present global crisis' YUVAL NOAH HARARI, author of SAPIENS ** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER** Author of the landmark international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond has transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, at a time when crises are erupting around the world, he explores what makes certain nations resilient, and reveals the factors that influence how nations and individuals can respond to enormous challenges. In a riveting journey into the recent past, he traces how six distinctive modern nations - Finland, Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Germany and Australia - have survived defining catastrophes, and identifies patterns in their recovery. Looking ahead, he investigates the risk that the United States and other countries, faced by grave threat, are set on a course towards catastrophe. Adding a rich psychological dimension to the in-depth history, geography, biology and anthropology that underpin all of Diamond's writing, Upheaval is epic in scope, but also his most personal book yet. 'Fascinating ... I finished the book even more optimistic about our ability to solve problems than I started' BILL GATES 'Jared Diamond does it again: another rich, original and fascinating chapter in the human saga - with vital lessons for our difficult times' STEVEN PINKER