Historical Dictionary Of Nepal by Nanda R. ShresthaHistorical Dictionary Of Nepal by Nanda R. Shrestha

Historical Dictionary Of Nepal

byNanda R. Shrestha, Keshav Bhattarai

Hardcover | September 3, 2003

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Nepal is a land of contrasts-a marvelous vista. It rises impressively like a giant stairway from the northern exentions of the Gangetic plain, just a notch above sea level, to the majestic heights of snow-capped mountains. No less fascinating, however, is its sociocultural landscape. Still tightly chained to its past, Nepal has been, for more than four decades, staggering along the path of pseudo modernization. In recent years, this tiny nation of some 21 million has seen the dawn of democracy but is now mired in the murky waters of feudal politics as its various clans wage internecine battles to reap the spoils of power. Often viewed as an exotic curio shop, Nepal is a popular destination for a growing number of western tourists and mountaineers. Yet the country is generally relegated to the fringes of most westerners' mental maps of the world. Nepal, is however, more than an exotic back-country with a magnificent gallery of mountains made for National Geographic and television documentaries. It is a country right in diverse cultural traditions that often reflect its geographical diversity as well as historical longevity. Lucid and jargon-free in style, this volume is designed to offer a concise account of Nepal's history and political evolution, especially focusing on the period since the rise of Prithvi Narayan Shah in 1743 and on the developments that have taken place in the last 50 years. In addition, the volume provides valuable information on the country's economy, population dynamics, social systems, and cultural continuity and change in order to highlight the interface between traditional values and the forces of modernity and globalization, i.e., growing western influence. This resource is a highly informative book for both specialists and non-specialists interested in Nepal.
Nanda R. Shrestha was born and raised in Nepal. He is currently Professor of resource and cultural management in the School of Business & Industry at Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida. Keshav Bhattarai was also born and raised in Nepal. Currently, he is Associate Professor of geography at Central Missouri State University.
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Title:Historical Dictionary Of NepalFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 8.72 × 5.96 × 1.33 inPublished:September 3, 2003Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810847973

ISBN - 13:9780810847972

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Maps Chapter 2 Tables Chapter 3 Editor's Foreword Chapter 4 Acknowledgments Chapter 5 Acronyms and Abbreviations Chapter 6 Notes to the Reader Chapter 7 Chronology Chapter 8 Introduction Chapter 9 THE DICTIONARY Chapter 10 Appendix: Prime Ministers and Council Chairmen, 1951-2003 Chapter 11 Glossary Chapter 12 Bibliography Chapter 13 About the Authors

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This historical dictionary is well timed and relevant to modern concerns of the region..this is a good start to understanding the history of a culture virtually unknown in the West.Students and scholars of Asia as well as general readers will benefit from this source.