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Jang Bahadur in Europe: The First Nepalese Mission to the West

John Whelpton (Editor) Rishikesh Shaha (Introduction)

On 25 May 1850 Jang Bahadur Kunwar Rana, Prime Minister of Nepal and Ambassador to the Court of Queen Victoria, landed at Southampton. It seemed as if we were in a dream, or as if this was the heacen where virtuous men are said to go after death; was how one of Jang's party described his first reaction. This courties's account of the whole episode has been translated into English for the first time and is presented alongside the British and French press reports of their visitor's progress 'lavishing diamonds and gold, enshrined in a halo of oriental mystery; Jang Bahadur in Europe also looks at the background to the mission, including the changing pattern of Nepal's relations with British India from 1769 to 1850, and Jang's own rise to power amidst the intrigue and violence of the 1840s. The second edition of the book, released to coincide with the 200th anniversary of permanent diplomatic relations between Nepal and Britain, includes the English-language account of the visit written, with help from a ghost-writer, by Moti Lal Singh, the Nepali crossing sweeper taken into Jang's employment after a chance encounter in London.

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About the authors

John Whelpton

John Whelpton, who works as a teacher in Hong Kong, is a historian and linguist. He has worked and traveled extensively in Nepal, and has written numerous articles and books on the country. These include People, Politics and Ideology: Democracy and Social Change in Nepal (1999, with the late Martin Hoftun and William Raeper) and Kings, Soldiers and Priests: Nepalese Politics and the Rise of Jang Bahadur Rana, 1830-1857 (1991).

Rishikesh Shaha

Rishikesh Shaha (b. 1925) is Nepal’s internationally known political analyst, a veteran statesman, an avid shikari and a conservationist. During his eventful life, he has held several key positions and has authored many books, most noted being, Modern Nepal: A Political History (1969-1995) Politics in Nepal (1980-1990), and Three Decades and Two Kings: Eclipse of Nepal’s Partyless Monarchic Rule in Nepal. Currently, Shaha lives in Kathmandu where he works as President of Human Rights Organization of Nepal.

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Title Jang Bahadur in Europe: The First Nepalese Mission to the West
Format Softcover
Date published: 18.06.2016
Edition 2nd. ed.
Publisher Mandala Book Point
Language: English
isbn 9789994655304
length v+306p., 22cm.
Subjects History