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Nepali History as World History

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Nepali History as World History

by Bernardo A. Michael

The study of Nepali history presents itself as an intellectual enterprise that affords a range of expressions. Perhaps dominant among of them is the view that Nepal exists as a unique bounded stage on which its history has unfolded. This paper discusses the largely insular perspective that has informed the writing of Nepali history. It then proceeds to introduce the field of world history and broadly outline the focus of the work of world historians. It examines the possibilities of writing Nepali history in a world historical vein while drawing upon evidence from the Anglo-Gorkha frontier in the 18th and early 19th centuries to present a possible world history of the Anglo-Gorkha frontier.

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