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What Life Was Like in the Jewel in the Crown: British India, Ad 1600-1905 Hardcover – Bargain Price, February, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: What Life Was Like
  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Time Life Education (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0783554605
  • ASIN: B006QS5KB4
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,160,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By deccantrishank on September 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book covers history of Indian subcontinent through the ages that Europeans but specifically the British took interest in East India and increased their influence gradually from protecting mercantile interests, to finally usurping power from the regional monarchs through a combination of treaties, alliances, diplomacies and battles. This book is a compelling and easy reading that engages the reader with its stunning pictures of contemporary paintings of relevance to the subject. Semingly disconnected events are woven together logically and connected to each other which finally reads like a well written novel. The treatment is mostly unbiased though the sentiments and feeings of subjects such as sati, religious conversions, castes, merits and demerits of hinduism, islam and christianity could have been elaborated upon a bit more to provide rationale behind these hotly debated subjects. The attititudes of noted Indo-philes was described in adequate detail and infectious interest, which correctly evokes an awe for an amazing civilization that comes to end and the birth of a newer one reflecting contemporary attitudes and outlooks.
The level of detail is appropriate for those readers above 15 years and above.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Schamberger on March 11, 2014
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This coffee table size book is a lovely addition to any collection dealing with the British Raj. The paintings and recollections depicted are not the usual collection of India pictures. The author's touch is personal without being maudlin or condescending. Well worth the purchase!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is part of a great series on history, encapsulating certain time periods in specific volumes with great text and wonderful illustrations. This particular volume lives up to its billing of Jewel in the Crown.
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