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John Keay

Autor(a) de India: A History

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About the Author

John Keay is a historian write, and world-downed South Asia expert. He is the author of nineteen books, including Into India, India Discovered, and China: A History.

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(eng) (fl. 1941-2022).


Obras por John Keay

India: A History (2000) 1,290 exemplares
China: A History (2008) 575 exemplares
The Spice Route: A History (2005) 292 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places (1991) — Editor — 176 exemplares
India Discovered (1981) 110 exemplares
Everest: Summit of Achievement (1755) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland (1994) — Editor — 71 exemplares

Associated Works

Travels in the Interior of Africa (1799) — Introdução, algumas edições413 exemplares
The London Encyclopedia (1983)algumas edições396 exemplares
Lamas of the Western Heavens (1982) — Introdução, algumas edições50 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 22: Don't Give Up the Day Job (2009) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 69: The Pram in the Hall (2010) — Contribuidor — 28 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 36: Attics with Attitude (2012) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 54: An Unlikely Duo (2017) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
Slightly Foxed 45: Frankly, My Dear (2015) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Barnstaple, Devon, England, UK
Locais de residência
Barnstaple, Devon, England, UK (birth)
Scotland, UK
Oxford University (Modern History)
Ampleforth College
journalist (The Economist ∙ 1966-1971)
Keay, Julia (wife)
Keay, Anna (daughter)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal (2009)
Royal Geographical Society (fellow)

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Born in 1941 in Devon, England, Keay was educated at Ampleforth College, York and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a demy (scholar) in Modern History. His tutors included the historian A J P Taylor and the playwright Alan Bennett. He first visited India in 1965 and has been returning there about every two years ever since. After a brief spell as a political correspondent (The Economist), he assisted in the revision of the last edition of John Murray's Handbook to India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka (1975) and wrote Into India, his first book.
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(fl. 1941-2022).



Folio Archives 318: The Spice Route by John Keay 2005 em Folio Society Devotees (Abril 2023)
Keay’s China em Folio Society Devotees (Outubro 2021)


This was a bloated read. Even for a History book. This is a subject that needs to be broken down much more that what the author put out. It seems there was way too much random meandering. On the positive side. It is informative and detailed. I walked away from it knowing more that I did when I started...and after all that is the point of reading books such as this. It is ironic how the author states that Alexander is just a footnote to the History of India from their own point of view. But nevertheless his presence and the fact that he was there made a huge difference. The roads he opened up, wherever he went, became integral to the future of said places.… (mais)
JHemlock | 16 outras críticas | May 30, 2024 |
It’s now the most populous country in the world and well poised to make a significant impact on the world of the 21st century. But what is India all about?

In India: A History, John Keay attempts to lay out what we can know about the history of subcontinental Asia.

The whole enterprise remains fraught with difficulties. How to define “India” is one of them: the British raj was about the only time the whole subcontinent was under a single authority. The author goes with a “greater India” and lays out the history of the whole subcontinent: modern day Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh.

Another challenge is historical records: we might imagine there would be all kinds of records of exploits, but if they ever existed, most have been lost. We prove dependent on a few historical inscriptions which have been preserved as well as archaeological discoveries and myths and legends. And, of course, Indian history is fraught with all kinds of issues in terms of Hindu nationalism.

The author well negotiates these difficulties to present as thorough as a history of the subcontinent as is practicable. He describes what we know about the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC), the entrance of the “aryans” of the Vedas, what can be known about the development of various kingdoms in the first millennium BCE, the Buddha and the development of Buddhism, the Maurya period, interaction with the West, the Gupta period, the various kingdoms in the period immediately after the Guptas in the first millennium CE, and then the long interactions/engagements/wars between various Muslim powers and native Indian kingdoms, all of which lead up to the Mughals and the British Raj.

The history can take on much more details with the Mughals, the British, and the subcontinent after Partition.

This book is quite useful in order to better understand why the subcontinent is as it is and how its societies and cultures have developed. Highly recommended.
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deusvitae | 16 outras críticas | Mar 25, 2024 |
BBrookes | Dec 5, 2023 |
It's like a thrilling adventure story, but instead of Indiana Jones, it's a bunch of British guys in India measuring the distance between two points with a big stick.

Keay does an excellent job of bringing history to life, and I found myself completely engrossed in the story. The way he weaves together the science, politics, and personalities involved in this project is truly impressive.

I was blown away by the dedication and perseverance of the surveyors who worked on this project for over a decade.

At times, Keay's writing can be a bit dense and academic, which may turn off some readers. But honestly, I was so invested in the story that I didn't really mind.

I highly recommend "The Great Arc" to anyone interested in history, geography, or just a good British administrative adventure story.
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paarth7 | 10 outras críticas | May 6, 2023 |



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