Himalaya : a human history
—Douglas, Ed, 1966- author.
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2021
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"A magisterial history of the Himalaya: an epic story of peoples, cultures, and adventures among the world's highest mountains. For many years, the unique and astonishing geography of the Himalaya has attracted those in search of spiritual and literal elevation: pilgrims, adventurers, and mountaineers seeking to test themselves among the world's most spectacular and challenging peaks. But far from being wild and barren, the Himalaya has been home to an astonishing diversity of indigenous and local cultures, as well as a crossroads for trade, and a meeting point and conflict zone for the world's superpowers. Here Jesuit missionaries exchanged technologies with Tibetan Lamas, Mongol Khans employed Nepali craftsmen, the East India Company grappled for dominance with China's emperors, and independent India confronts Mao's Communists and their successors. Spanning millennia, from its earliest inhabitants to the present conflicts over Tibet and Everest, and populated by a cast of colorful characters, Himalaya explores the history, culture, climate, geography, and politics of the Himalaya for a soaring account of life at the "roof of the world."" -- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Subjects:
Himalaya Mountains Region -- Civilization.
ISBN:
9780393541991
0393541991
Edition:
First American edition.
Description:
pages cm
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents:
Pilgrims
Origins
The First Explorers
Lost Kingdoms
The Architects of Xanadu
The Rise of Gorkha
The High Road to Tibet
Trade Wars
The Hard Road to Sagauli
Mapping the Himalaya
The Tyrant and the Scholar
Crossing Borders
'Forbidden' City
The Plant Hunters
The First Mountaineers
Everest Diplomacy
Utopias
Summit Fever
Songs from a Dark Cell
Claiming Chomolungma.
LCCN:
2020035785
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