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The Great Pioneer in India, Ceylon, Bhutan & Tibet (An Old an Rare Book)

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Item Code: HAM946
Author: Sir Harry Johnston
Publisher: Mittal Publications, New Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 1986
Pages: 320
Other Details 9x6 inch
Weight 526 gm
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India was known to Europe from the time immemorial and Indian merchandize like spices, musk, linen, precious stones, etc. found a lucrative market in Europe since the time of the Romans. Trade and commerce with India were carried on through the Middle East, the sea routes being fully controlled by the Arab navigators. European nations like the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English had, therefore, been trying since the early medieval period to establish direct contact with India and neighbouring countries, chiefly with two objectives in view-trade in India's rich commodities and the spread of Christianity.

The European nations mentioned above are better known to the East as the exploiters of wealth, usurpers of the political power of the local rulers and ruthless oppressors of the people. But it must be borne in mind that the contact and confrontation of India with the Western races mark the beginning of modern India. Hence the history of this contact is very important for proper under- standing of India of the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. The history of their expansion of power and subsequent rule for centuries is, no doubt, interesting but more fascinating are the stories of the first coming of the white races into regions inhabited by people of a different type.

The author of the present work has described the adventures of the first explorers from the West and while doing so has also given his readers some idea of the scenery. animals, vegetations and the people of the new lands through which these pioneers passed. These stories tell us the lives and adventures of some of very enterprising and daring persons. The work is a record of a variety of exciting incidents and many a strange and charming glimpse of oriental life.

The work includes, inter alia, the travels of Ludovico di varthema, an early sixteenth century Italian explorer who visited many places in South India and Ceylon. The work also includes the stories of the first appearance of the Portuguese, the French, and the English on the Eastern scene and their rivalries for supremacy. It presents a vivid picture of the life of the people of India, and Ceylon and Indonesia-both of the aristocracy and of the common masses. The descriptions cover royal grandeur, religious practices, food habits, costumes, social conditions, civil administration, military organizations, agriculture, trade and commerce, etc. of the middle ages.

Some of the narratives retold from the original accounts of the travellers may not be historically true, some of the assessments of the oriental religions and social customs may be either prejudiced or results of gross ignorance on the part of the foreigners, at quite a few places, the work suffers from ludicrous exaggerations, but on the whole the work is both informative and interesting.

The value of the work has been enhanced with several black and white illustrations and maps.


THE publishers of this book asked me to write a series of works which should deal with "real adventures", in parts of the world either wild and uncontrolled by any civilized government, or at any rate regions full of dangers, of wonderful discoveries; in which the daring and heroism of white men (and sometimes of white women) stood out clearly against backgrounds of unfamiliar land- scapes, peopled with strange nations, savage tribes, dangerous beasts, or wonderful birds. These books would again and again illustrate the first coming of the white race into regions inhabited by people of a different type, with brown, black, or yellow skins; how the European was received, and how he treated these races of the soil which gradually came under his rule owing to his superior know- ledge, weapons, wealth, or powers of persuasion. The books were to tell the plain truth, even if here and there they showed the white man to have behaved badly, or if they revealed the fact that the American Indian, the Negro, the Malay, the black Australian was sometimes cruel and treacherous to asking me to write stories of those pioneers who founded the British Empire; in any case, the volumes of this series do relate the adventures of those who created the greater part of the British Dominions beyond the Seas, by their perilous explorations of unknown lands and waters. In many instances the travellers were all unconscious of their destinies, of the results which would arise from their actions. In some cases they would have bitterly railed at Fate had they known that the result of their splendid efforts was to be the enlargement of an empire under the British flag. Perhaps if they could know by now that we are striving under that flag to be just and generous to all types of men, and not to use our empire solely for the benefit of English-speaking men and women, the French who founded the Canadian nation, the Germans and Dutch who helped to create British Africa, Malaysia, and Australia. the Spaniards who preceded us in the West Indies and in New Guinea, and the Portuguese in West, Central, and East Africa, in Newfoundland, Ceylon, and Malaysia, might-if they have any consciousness or care for things in this world-be not so sorry after all that we are reaping where they sowed.

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