The Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Origins of Himalayan Studies

Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling, 1st Edition

By David Waterhouse


320 pages | 24 Color Illus. | 42 B/W Illus.

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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.


'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

Table of 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

About the Author

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

About the Series

Royal Asiatic Society Books

The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with, and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to, Asia’. Informed by these goals, the policy of the Society’s Editorial Board is to make available in appropriate formats the results of original research in the humanities and social sciences having to do with Asia, defined in the broadest geographical and cultural sense and up to the present day.

Editorial Board:
Professor Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (Chair); Professor Tim Barrett, SOAS, University of London, UK; Dr Evrim Binbaş, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; Professor Anna Contadini, SOAS, University of London, UK; Professor Michael Feener, National University of Singapore; Dr Gordon Johnson, University of Cambridge, UK; Professor David Morgan, University of Wisconsin–Madison, US; Dr. BMC Brend; Dr. R. Llewellyn Jones MBE

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General