An account of Simla in India ranging from the early days of the hill station to the livliness and vitality of life under the British Empire. It then covers its decline after the departure of the British and its subsequent revival when it became the capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh.
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This is an extraordinary book that traces the extraordinary history of an extraordinary place. Exhaustively researched, insightful and accurate, the story of Simla is told with verve and accomplishment. From a nondescript village in the early nineteenth century Simla (now spelt Shimla), grew to become 'the summer capital of British India'...In this brilliant recreation of those of splendour and the process of change, a window is opened to a way of life and an age that has now vanished. 'A brilliant book'-Peter Hopkirk'The standard history of Shimla'-Stephen McClarence in The Times'Full of interest: local history with world significance'-Robin Blake in The Independent on SundayReview:
A multi-layered, grand chronicling...a major statement in modern history (yet) reads like a novel.The Hindustan TimesAstute...A must for all history and travel lovers-VerveA generous and articulate treat from one who has understood and researched Simla like no one else.-Biblio Full of interest: local history with world significance - The Independent on Sunday A literary triumph -The Pioneer One of the few books on cities that are truly distinctive- The Sunday Mail One does not stop thinking about the book even after one is through with it - The Tribune
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Book Description Rupa Publications India Pvt Ltd. Book Condition: Good. Ex-library, so some stamps and wear, and may have sticker on cover, but in good overall condition. Bookseller Inventory # Z1-H-004-01385