The Great Hedge of India

The Great Hedge of India

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 20.32mm | 181.44g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New ed of Large Print ed
  • 0753156164
  • 9780753156162

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In 1869, stretching for 2300 miles and guarded by almost 12,000 men, was a vast hedge of thorns: the great hedge of India. This impenetrable barrier was a customs line intended to enable a levy on salt, a line that stretched across the whole of India. In September 1996, Roy Moxham, having discovered the existence of the hedge in an old map in a second-hand bookshop, decided to go and look for it. Moxham scours libraries and record offices for a map of the custom line. No one seems to have heard of it and the maps he finds are too small a scale to be of any use. Moxham's search for the hedge - a highly significant landmark in British India - becomes an obsession. This is part history, part travel book and a highly entertaining and absorbing detective story. Will Moxham find the hedge, or even part of it? What is the story behind the Salt Tax and the people involved in its implementation and collection? Who were the salt workers and how did they fare? Moxham's love of the country and its history shines out of this book. This is a fascinating account of a quest, and more than that it is a story of British India, made all the more astonishing by the fact that this vast customs barriers, one of the biggest ever recorded, has never before been documented. Of all the English achievements in India, this has to be the most remarkable and the least known. (Kirkus UK)
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