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Empires of the Indus

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Empires of the Indus by Alice Albinia
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One of the largest rivers in the world, the Indus rises in the Tibetan mountains, flows west across northern India and south through Pakistan. For millennia it has been worshipped as a god; for centuries used as a tool of imperial expansion; today it is the cement of Pakistan's fractious union. Five thousand years ago, a string of sophisticated cities grew and traded on its banks. In the ruins of these elaborate metropolises, Sanskrit-speaking nomads explored the river, extolling its virtues in India's most ancient text, the Rig-Veda. During the past two thousand years a series of invaders -- Alexander the Great, Afghan Sultans, the British Raj -- made conquering the Indus valley their quixotic mission. For the people of the river, meanwhile, the Indus valley became a nodal point on the Silk Road, a centre of Sufi pilgrimage and the birthplace of Sikhism. Empires of the Indus follows the river upstream and back in time, taking the reader on a voyage through two thousand miles of geography and more than five millennia of history redolent with contemporary importance.

Accolades

Winner of Dolman Best Travel Book of the Year Award 2009.
Winner of Somerset Maugham Award 2009.

Author Biography

Alice Albinia read English literature at Cambridge and South Asian history at SOAS, then worked for two years in Delhi as a journalist, critic and editor. Written during an audacious journey through Afghanistan, India, Pakistan and Tibet, Empires of the Indus is her first book, for which she won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for work in progress.
Release date NZ
May 15th, 2008
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2x8pp b/w
Imprint
John Murray Publishers Ltd
Pages
384
Dimensions
153x30x234
ISBN-13
9780719560040
Product ID
1675030

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