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Title: Warrior Gentlemen: “Gurkhas” in the Western Imagination
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: Lionel Caplan
One Sentence Summary: A study of presentations of Gurkhas in western literature.

Description: Creator’s Description: In recent years there has been a growing interest in how non-Western peoples are depicted in the literatures of the West. This study eschews the tendency to regard virtually all depictions of non-Western “others” as amenable to the same kinds of “orientalist” analysis, and argues that the portrayals found in such writings must be examined in their particular historical and political settings. These themes are explored by considering the voluminous literature about the “Gurkhas,” those legendary soldiers from Nepal who have served in Britain’s Imperial and post-Imperial armies for more than two centuries. The authors, most of whom are or were British officers who have served in Gurkha regiments, find in their subjects the quintessential virtues of the European officers themselves: the Gurkhas appear as warriors and gentlemen.

Publisher Place: Oxford
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Normalized publisher place: Oxford
Publisher country: United Kingdom
Published Date: 1995
Edition: 1st ed.
Classification: Tibetan and Himalayan -- Anthropology -- Nepal
Cultural Coverage: Nepal
Temporal coverage: 19th century
20th century
Language: English

Other Editions: Warrior Gentlemen: “Gurkhas” in the Western Imagination (Kathmandu: Himal Books, 2003); paperback edition.

Relation: Resource ID 5685
Format: Print media (print or manuscript)
Resource Type: Book

Published reviews: A. D. J. Macfarlane in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 59, 1996.
R. Aggarwal in American Ethnologist 23, 1996.
H. Gurung in Himal Nov/Dec 1995.
M. Banerjee in Journal of Anthropological Society of Oxford 26, 1995.
D. Omissi in The International History Review 18, 1996.
A. P. Coleman in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 24, 1996.
J. P. Cross in Contributions to Nepalese Studies 22, 1995.
M. Meeker "Anthropology 56: Peoples and Cultures of South Asia" http://www.macalester.edu/courses/anth56/meeker.html

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