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The Great Hedge of India : Quest for One of the Lost Wonders of the World - Roy Moxham

The Great Hedge of India

Quest for One of the Lost Wonders of the World

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Published: 1st August 2017
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This is the quest for a lost wonder of the world, in the author's words his 'ridiculous obsession', arose from the chance discovery of some dusty memoirs that told of a mighty hedge spanning the Indian subcontinent in the nineteenth century.

The hedge was set in place to allow the collection of the Salt Tax by British customs officers, Inspired by the concept of this amazing living barrier, now forgotten, Roy Moxham set off to find out what has happened to it and whether any remnant existed today. His travels in India, and what he found there, form the basis for this illuminating book.

Writer Jan Morris comments, 'At first I thought this remarkable book must be a hoax . . . It tells the story of one of the least-known wonders of Queen Victoria's India - a customs barrier 2,300 miles long, most of it made of hedge. It was patrolled by 12,000 men and would have stretched from London to Constantinople, yet few historians mention it and most of us have never heard of it. Could anything be more astonishing?'

"- 'The improbable story, despite its prickly appeal to nationalist historians, was practically unknown until Roy Moxham began his quest. It makes for a compelling read, simply told, and simply wonderful' - John Keay - 'It tells the story of one of the least-known wonders of Queen Victoria's India - a customs barrier 2,300 miles long....manned by 12,000 men and would have stretched from London to Constantinople, yet few historians mention it and most of us have never heard of it. Could anything be more astonishing? - Jan Morris

ISBN: 9781841194677
ISBN-10: 1841194670
Series: Quest for One of the Lost Wonders of the World
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st August 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.3  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18