The Buddha and Dr Führer
An Archaeological Scandal
In 1898 a casket was excavated near the India-Nepal border; an inscription declared that it contained the Buddha’s ashes. This account of the discovery focuses on the ensuing scandal, in which a local British magistrate accused a German archaeologist of faking results and selling bogus relics. Off-mint.
The Prince Who Beat the Empire
How an Indian Ruler Took on the Might of the East India Company
In 1844 and again in 1853 the Hindustani prince Meer Jafar Ali Khan voyaged to England, to challenge the bosses of the East India Company for their unseemly violation of a treaty, to win back his family’s property and to call for an end to British rule. This account of those events traces the long-forgotten campaign of the man who became one of Victorian England’s best-known figures, won over its political establishment and defeated the world’s most powerful corporation.
Empires of the Indus
The Story of a River
The Indus rises in Tibet to flow west across India before turning south through Pakistan to the Arabian Sea. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries it has been a route of imperial conquest. Following the mighty river upstream, this award-winning travelogue takes the reader on a voyage through 2,000 miles of spectacular landscapes and fiercely contested territory, and back through 5,000 years.
Requiem for a Himalayan Kingdom
Sikkim, a tiny Buddhist kingdom sandwiched between India and China, survived the withdrawal of the British Empire and the Chinese invasion of Tibet. Then, in 1975, it was quietly annexed by India, bringing its 300-year-old dynasty to an end. Drawing on interviews and archive material, and retracing a 1922 journey by the author's grandfather, this book tells the remarkable story of this forgotten Shangri-La, its last king and his American wife, and the global power struggles that spelled its doom.
The Siege of Tsingtau
The German-Japanese War 1914
With support from the Allies in the First World War, Japan took the opportunity to invade Germany’s Pacific colonies. Drawing on records from both sides, this book reveals the political background to a conflict that climaxed in the siege of the German base at Tsingtau, China.
A Brief History of the Martial Arts
East Asian Fighting Styles, from Kung Fu to Ninjutsu
Many of the martial arts of East Asia claim a history dating back thousands of years; this introduction to the subject traces the evidence to the Middle Ages and unravels the legends that claim a more ancient provenance.