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John Keay

Teoksen India: A History tekijä

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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.

Sisältää nimet: John Keay, John Keay, ed. John Keay


(eng) (fl. 1941-2022).


Tekijän teokset

India: A History (2000) 1,272 kappaletta
China: A History (2008) 567 kappaletta
The Spice Route: A History (2005) 290 kappaletta
The Mammoth Book of Travel in Dangerous Places (1991) — Toimittaja — 175 kappaletta
India Discovered (1981) 108 kappaletta
Everest: Summit of Achievement (1755) — Avustaja — 79 kappaletta
Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland (1994) — Toimittaja — 71 kappaletta

Associated Works

Travels in the Interior of Africa (1799) — Johdanto, eräät painokset411 kappaletta
The London Encyclopedia (1983)eräät painokset394 kappaletta
Lamas of the Western Heavens (1982) — Johdanto, eräät painokset50 kappaletta
Slightly Foxed 22: Don't Give Up the Day Job (2009) — Avustaja — 31 kappaletta
Slightly Foxed 69: The Pram in the Hall (2010) — Avustaja — 26 kappaletta
Slightly Foxed 36: Attics with Attitude (2012) — Avustaja — 21 kappaletta
Slightly Foxed 54: An Unlikely Duo (2017) — Avustaja — 19 kappaletta
Slightly Foxed 45: Frankly, My Dear (2015) — Avustaja — 18 kappaletta

Merkitty avainsanalla


Barnstaple, Devon, England, UK
Barnstaple, Devon, England, UK (birth)
Scotland, UK
Oxford University (Modern History)
Ampleforth College
journalist (The Economist ∙ 1966-1971)
Keay, Julia (wife)
Keay, Anna (daughter)
Palkinnot ja kunnianosoitukset
Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal (2009)
Royal Geographical Society (fellow)
Lyhyt elämäkerta
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.
(fl. 1941-2022).



Folio Archives 318: The Spice Route by John Keay 2005, Folio Society Devotees (huhtikuu 2023)
Keay’s China, Folio Society Devotees (lokakuuta 2021)


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 | 15 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 25, 2024 |
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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 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 6, 2023 |
Excerpt from longer article:
Timely Take-aways for Life-Long Learning: History of Place
Whether exploring the history of remote mountain regions or telling the story of a city through its people, these new works of nonfiction explore how five places around the world evolved over time.

Himalaya: Exploring the Roof of the World
John Keay, Nov 2022, Bloomsbury Publishing, an imprint of Macmillan
Themes: History, Asia, Central Asia
Keay explores the unique historical, social, geographic, and environmental aspects of Himalaya. Told thought fascinating anecdotes, readers explore the unique features of this endangered area of the world.
Take-aways: Of particular note is how the author connects the history of the Himalaya to the consequences of climate change. Think about how this approach could be applied in teaching about other areas of the world.
Whether helping educators keep up-to-date in their subject-areas, promoting student reading in the content-areas, or simply encouraging nonfiction leisure reading, teacher librarians need to be aware of the best new titles across the curriculum and how to activate life-long learning. - Annette Lamb
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