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    DescriptionTwo hundred years ago, India was seen as a place with little history and less culture.Today it is revered for a notable prehistory, a magnificent classical age and a cultural tradition unique in both character and continuity. How this extraordinary change in perception came about is the subject of this fascinating book. The story, here reconstructed for the first time, is one of painstaking scholarship primed by a succession of sensational discoveries. The excitement of unearthing a city twice as old as Rome, the realization that the Buddha was not a god but a historical figure, the glories of a literature as rich as anything known in Europe, the drama of encountering a veritable Sistine chapel deep in the jungle, and the sheer delight of categorizing 'the most glorious galaxy of monuments in the world' fell, for the most part, to men who were officials of the British Raj. Their response to the unfamiliar - the explicitly sexual statuary, the incomprehensible scripts, the enigmatic architecture - and the revelations which resulted, revolutionized ideas not just about India but about civilization as a white man's prerogative. A companion volume by the author of the highly praised India: A History and The Great Arc.

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    India Discovered
    The Recovery of a Lost Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Keay
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007123001
    ISBN 10: 0007123000

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FKA
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    BISAC V2.8: HIS017000
    BIC subject category V2: HBAH
    DC21: 934.0072041
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS016000, HIS002000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FKA
    Thema V1.0: NHF, NHAH, NHC
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    16 b/w plates (16pp)
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    15 October 2001
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    John Keay is the author of five acclaimed histories: 'The Honourable Company,' about the East India Company; 'Last Post', about the imperial disengagement of the Far East; the two-volume 'Explorers of the Western Himalayas', 'India: A History' and 'China: A History'. His books on India include 'India Discovered', 'Into India' and 'The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India was Mapped and Everest was Named'. John Keay is married with four children, lives in Scotland and is co-editor with his wife, Julia Keay, of the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland'.
    Review quote
    'A gripping, erudite and witty study of the European discovery of India's ancient past. The first book I ever read on India, and still one of my favourites.' William Dalrymple 'Exact scholarship, plus clear, strong writing, with glints of humour on every page ... This book will greatly reinforce Mr Keay's reputation as the best of the post-Raj interpreters of India for English-speakers.' Dervla Murphy, The Irish Times