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The Origins of Himalayan Studies

Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling

By David Waterhouse

Foreword by Thomas Trautmann

Routledge – 2004 – 320 pages

Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

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Description

Brian Hodgson lived in Nepal from 1820 to 1843 during which time he wrote and published extensively on Nepalese culture, religion, natural history, architecture, ethnography and linguistics. Contributors from leading historians of Nepal and South Asia and from specialists in Buddhist studies, art history, linguistics, ornithology and ethnography, critically examine Hodgson's life and achievement within the context of his contribution to scholarship. Many of the drawings photographed for this book have not previously been published.

Reviews

'This book has been very well produced and is a serious academic work from which much further research is possible.' - Nepal Society

'The whole work is a wonderful celebration of an extraordinary man, whose reputation was eclipsed in a twentieth century that cherished the specialist and suspected the amateur.' - Asian Affairs

'This is a well-produced book, with some wonderful illustrations, many of them not previously available.' - Chowkidar

Contents

List of Illustrations Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Technical Note Details of Contributors Foreword 1. Brian Hodgson - A Biographical Sketch 2. The Political Role of Brian Hodgson 3. Brian Hodgson - The Unsung Story 4. The Ambivalent Exegete - Hodgson's Contribution to the Study of Buddhism 5. The Architectural Monuments of Buddhism - Hodgson and the Buddhist Architecture of the Kathmandu Valley Appendix - B.H.Hodgson's Essay: Architectural Illustrations of Buddhism 6. Zoology Amuses Me Much 7. Brian Hodgson and the Mammals and other Animals of Nepal 8. A Pioneer of Himalayan Ornithology 9. Hodgson, Hooker and the Himalayan Frontier 10. Brian Hodgson as Ethnographer and Ethnologist 11. Hodgson's Tibeto-Burman and Tibeto-Burman Today 12. Hodgson's Legacy Bibliography Index

Author Bio

David M. Waterhouse is Vice-President of the Royal Asiatic Society. He was British Council Director in Nepal from 1972 to 1977.

Name: The Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By David WaterhouseForeword by Thomas Trautmann. Brian Hodgson lived in Nepal from 1820 to 1843 during which time he wrote and published extensively on Nepalese culture, religion, natural history, architecture, ethnography and linguistics. Contributors from leading historians of Nepal and South Asia...
Categories: Asian History, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies (General), Chinese Studies, South Asian Studies