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The Great Hedge of India

Moxham, Roy

Editore: Constable, 2001
ISBN 10: 1841192600 / ISBN 13: 9781841192604
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Titolo: The Great Hedge of India

Casa editrice: Constable

Data di pubblicazione: 2001

Legatura: Hardcover

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Riassunto: This is the story of the author's "ridiculous" quest for a legendary hedge planted across the Indian sub-continent and manned and cared for by 12,000 men. The hedge stood for over 50 years and at its greatest extent, formed part of a barrier 2500 miles long. Although it is one of the largest man-made constructions in human-history, the hedge appears in no history books and remains forgotten in both Britain and India. This inspired Roy Moxham to travel to India and investigate whether it had existed, what its purpose had been and whether any part of it had remained. After several years of travel and research, the author finally unravelled the story behind the hedge, its place within commercial enterprise on the part of the Raj and, after much searching, the remnants of this folie de grandeur of imperial Britain. This book provides a view into the motivations and administrations of British Imperial India and in part tells the story of one man's obsession.

L'autore: Roy Moxham is the author of Tea - Addiction Exploitation and Empire (2003), The Great Hedge of India (2001) and The Freelander (1990). Born and brought up in Evesham, Worcestershire, he went out to Africa in 1961 as a tea planter in Nyasaland, later Malawi. He spent 13 years in Eastern Africa before returning to London to set up a gallery of African art. Subsequently, Roy Moxham qualified as a book and paper conservator. After working at Canterbury Cathedral Archives he became Senior Conservator of the University of London Library. Following retirement in 2005 he devotes his energies to writing and giving talks. He spends half his time in London and the other half travelling, principally in India. Reviews: The Great Hedge of India 'Both scholarly and funny - a rare combination. It surprised me and I hugely enjoyed it.' Eric Newby 'Moxham has written a parable at once light-handed and melancholy about the cruelty and folly of Empire.' Sunil Khilnani, Financial Times Tea - Addiction, Exploitation and Empire 'A very well-written book and enlightening on all aspects of the desirable shrub.' Financial Times 'A masterful historical study.' Good Book Guide

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