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Tibet: Saga of Indian Explorers: 1864-1894

P.L. Madan (Author)
Synopsis By the middle of the nineteenth century the English were beginning to enjoy the fruits of their colonial empire. Military strategy and the political considerations, along with pressure from their intelligentsia for the safety of their colonial empire, and of course geographical expediencies forced the English authorities in the later half of the nineteenth century to begin seriously to collect information, both geographical and of general nature, about the vast terra incognita that was there all along the land frontiers of India since the prehistoric age. These were the regions where the English could travel in those days only at the risk to their lives. Strategically, they opted for sending the natives of the border region who were accustomed to frequent Tibet, Turkestan and the adjacent regions since early historical period for trade and religious pilgrimages. With the creation of the establishment for Trans-Himalayan exploration in 15 May 1863, and trained with elementary survey instruments the explorers began to systematically infiltrate in the northern regions in various disguises. The present work is mostly based on their 'diaries' and 'reports' submitted to the Survey department. Part I describes the beauty of the rugged country including its geographical and geological growth in much detail for the first time. The social, economic, cultural and religious activities of life in Tibet are very diligently described by the Indian explorers in Part II.
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About the author

P.L. Madan

P.L. Madan joined the National Archives in 1955 and has since then made the study of maps a life-long obsession. He joined the International Society for the History of Cartography, London in 1975 and has spent considerable time studying maps and records in various libraries and research centers. Having been posted, from the very beginning, in the Map Section of the National Archives, he has had ample time and opportunity to study the exquisite, hand-drawn, original maps of the Survey of India on which the book is based.

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Bibliographic information

Title Tibet: Saga of Indian Explorers: 1864-1894
Author P.L. Madan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173045674
length 157p., Figures; Tables; Map; Notes; Appendices; Bibliography; 29cm.
Subjects History