Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya [NOOK Book]

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In the 1860s, Captain Thomas Montgomerie trained natives to be surveyors, and had them explore the region covertly. These men, known as pundits, were disguised as lamas (holy men). This book talks about these servants of the Raj who managed to map the Himalayas and Tibet, helping the British to consolidate their rule in the Indian sub-continent.
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Spying for the Raj: The Pundits and the Mapping of the Himalaya

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Overview

In the 1860s, Captain Thomas Montgomerie trained natives to be surveyors, and had them explore the region covertly. These men, known as pundits, were disguised as lamas (holy men). This book talks about these servants of the Raj who managed to map the Himalayas and Tibet, helping the British to consolidate their rule in the Indian sub-continent.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780752495866
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 206
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2008

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    Although I was interested in the subject matter, the level of storytelling made the book less than engaging. The unfortunately overused technique of foreshadowing, prevalent in many of today's historical texts was even poorly employed when many of these events were not revisited nor their relevance explained. Additionally, the scholarship seemed quite collegiate merely recounting exploits previously chronicled by others and drawing few new conclusions. However, the biggest problem for me was that it is a book was about the men who explored 'terra incognita' to fill in blank areas on the maps of that time but the maps provided failed miserably to identify even half of the locations discussed in the text. In the absence other texts that address this subject, this is an adequate introduction but sadly not either a work of great scholarship nor a captivating tale.

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