Visits to High Tartary, Yarkand and Kashgar, written over a century ago, tells the story of a British tea-planter, Robert Shaw, who found himself caught up in the Great Game. So christened by one of its earliest players, the Great Game grew out of intense Anglo-Russian rivalry in Asia during the nineteenth century.
The shadowy contest began in earnest in the 1830s, when the two powers sought to extend their frontiers and influence into Central Asia. By the 1860s and 1870s, Britain and Russia found themselves all but facing each other across the unmapped deserts and unexplored passes of the region.
According to Shaw’s own account, it ‘was the prospect of ‘opening up’ Central Asia as a market for Indian tea, spiced with the possibility of being the first Englishman to visit the almost legendary towns of Chinese Turkistan, that decided him, in 1868, to make his now celebrated journey to Yarkand and Kashgar.
ISBN: 9694022789 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: Author: ROBERT SHAW
A single-volume of Ancient History, delineating its various facets, both political and cultural and incorporating the fruits of recent researches that have abundantly appeared since 1950, has not been attempted before. Author has tried to write a clear and readable account of Ancient History and Civilization and one that embodies the results of recent historical scholarship. The book covers the Vedic age, the post-Vedic civilization, North India in the Sixth Century BC It also explains new religious movements, Maurya age, political disintegration and foreign invasions. The Gupta empire North India, Deccan, South India, India’s intercouse with the outside world, social and economic conditions, political, institutions, religion, language and literature, art and the architecture have been discussed in depth. Author has tried in maintaining a delicate balance between political history and social, economic and cultural history of ancient perod. It is hoped that this book will serve as text for Honours and Postgraduate students. Research students can also use it as a main source book. ISBN: 9694024390 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: Author: S. N. SEN
India & Pakistan: Art and Culture 1300—1900 is the catalogue for the exhibition INDIA!, held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from September 14, 1985, through January 5, 1986, the most extensive survey of Indian art ever assembled by a museum in the United States.
ISBN: 0944142133 – Hardback Publisher: MAPIN PUBLISHING PVT LTD INDIA ISBN: 0944142133 Publisher: MAPIN PUBLISHING PVT LTD INDIA Subtitle: ART AND CULTURE 1300-1900 Author: SRUART CARY WELCH
This travel account by a British Counsul-General, was written with a first-hand knowledge of the people, their art, folklore, and customs. Having posted at Kashgar in Chinese Turkistan during the 1920s, Sir Clarmont Skrine and his wife, both adventurous, and with insatiable quest for acquiring more information of this unexplored areas spent their time touring, exploring, and mapping the high mountains.
This book has some superb photographs which show the author’s skill in photography.
ISBN: 9694022746 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: AN ACCOUNT OF THE TRAVELS IN NORTHERN KASHMIR & CHINESE TURKESTAN Author: C. P. SKRINE
The three essays in this volume explore the changing parameters of struggles over gender in Pakistan. In the process, the author attempts to theoretically traverse the boundaries between public and private domains, the State and what is often referred to as ‘civil society’, the individual and the collective, and the local and international. She does this through a discussion of sovereignty and citizenship; the growing nexus between militarism, masculinism and fundamentalism; and the rapid shrinking of democratic spaces in the country.
Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS
Subtitle: SHIFTING BODY POLITICS
Author: SHAHNAZ ROUSE
The author has given a popular account of the principal pioneering exploits in the region lying between the Caspian and India. In his writings on Central Asia, he tries to arbitrate impartially between Russia and England, Liberal and Conservative, Russophobe and Russophile. Some of the chapters originally appeared in a skeleton form in the columns of the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle, and the work was completed on his return from the Tsar’s coronation. ISBN: 9694022703 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: PIONEERING ADVENTURE IN THE REGION LYING BETWEEN RUSSIA AND INDIA Author: CHARLES MARVIN
India Wins Freedom has at last won its own freedom. The full text of this autobiographical narrative was confined, under seal, in the National Library, Calcutta, and in the National Archives, New Delhi, for thirty years. In 1958 the ‘narrator’ Maulana Azad and his ‘writer’ Humayun Kabir had offered for publication a slightly abridged and revised version which left out ‘incidents and reflections mainly of a personal character’. That version underwent three large printings in the first year of publication and has been reprinted many times since then.
What we now have is the complete text, released in September 1988 by a court directive. Not only have all the words and phrases of the original been reproduced; the original tone and temper have been fully restored. The text now reveals that the controversy that has simmered for so long about the hitherto unpublished pages was fully justified. Those who have read the earlier version will quickly note the points on which this account differs from the earlier one. Those who have not read the earlier volume will find the present one as new and alive as it was when completed and put away in 1958.
Many of us may not agree fully with Maulana Azad’s forthright views on persons and events of the period (1935-48) but we shall be compelled to admire anew the honesty and courage of a great son of India. ISBN: 969402014X Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS Subtitle: FULL UNCENSORED EDITION Author: MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD