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by Roy Moxham

  • ISBN: 0753156156
  • Category: Reference
  • Author: Roy Moxham
  • Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Isis Large Print Books; Large Print edition edition (November 15, 2001)
  • Pages: 232 pages
  • FB2 size: 1831 kb
  • EPUB size: 1416 kb
  • Rating: 4.8
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Moxham does a great job in pacing this book building up to his discoveries near the en.

Moxham does a great job in pacing this book building up to his discoveries near the end. The book is very densely written with a wealth of material in only 223 pages. When I saw the title of Roy Moxham’s The Great Hedge of India, I had the same first thought that he did when he encountered entries about it in books he was conserving: Probably another example of dotty sahibs left out too long in the noonday sun; or, if not that, perhaps one of the numerous attempts by the Government of India.

Roy Moxham is a British writer, the author of historical books highlighting little-known historical facts. Moxham was born in Evesham, Worcestershire on 13 September 1939 and went to Prince Henry's Grammar School there. In 1961 he went to Nyasaland (now Malawi) to manage a tea plantation. In 1973 he returned to Britain and established a small gallery in Covent Garden to sell African art, travelling widely in Africa.

Roy Moxham does a great job of unearthing this colonial quirk in this little, engaging book. But I wish he had spent more time pursuing the salt tax narrative than actually trying to physically locate the hedge in 90s India. That aside, this book is a unique read. Well dcoumented, however the organization of the book with inserted history is somewhat distracting.

Roy Moxham unearths a horticultural marvel worthy of Spike Milligan in The Great Hedge of India. A hedge? Surely not. Well, yes, actually. The opening pages of this marvellous book put me in mind of one of the great Milligan masterpieces, The Jet-Propelled Guided Naafi.

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

That hedge-which for fifty years had been manned and cared for by 12,000 men and had run a length of 2,500 miles-becomes what Moxham calls his "ridiculous obsession. An unquestionably fascinating tale, as well as a travel book and historical detective story, The Great Hedge of India begins in a secondhand bookshop on London's Charing Cross Road.

The author Roy Moxham set out to uncover the story of a huge hedge the British built from Pakistan across India. Intrigued, Moxham embarked on a five-year quest to determine if any vestiges of the great hedge remained

The author Roy Moxham set out to uncover the story of a huge hedge the British built from Pakistan across India. He discovered though a much bigger story of oppression and how a large corporation sought to dominate a people. Intrigued, Moxham embarked on a five-year quest to determine if any vestiges of the great hedge remained. For anyone interested in history, it's an enthralling narrative, simply and gracefully recounted in Moxham's 2001 book THE GREAT HEDGE OF INDIA.

Roy Moxham, London, United Kingdom. The Great Hedge of India is a book of history and travel. It tells of my chance discovery, in 1995, of a reference to a gigantic 1500-mile long hedge that the British had grown across nineteenth-century India

Roy Moxham, London, United Kingdom. It tells of my chance discovery, in 1995, of a reference to a gigantic 1500-mile long hedge that the British had grown across nineteenth-century India. It describes my efforts to find its remains. There are no previous books about this hedge.

Constable, 2001 - History - 234 pages. From inside the book. One of the strangest chapters in the history of the British Raj must have been that of the Great Hedge. A Hedge? 1. The Salt Tax.


Reviews about The Great Hedge of India (4):
Malahelm
A very interesting and entertaining book, which is part travelogue and part history lesson. His search for remnants of the "customs hedge" is compelling, and (spoiler alert), it's satisfying when he finds it. The only reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that there aren't any photographs of the places he searched, the people he met, or, most importantly, the section of the hedge he found!
Timberahue
Amazingly, something as vast as this hedge, built under British supervision a century and a half ago, had disappeared from the 'history' of that time and place. Even more amazing, the author hit on this story totally by accident.

We travel with him as he searches for remnants of this massive but forgotten relic of the Raj. Moxham, with the help of both friends and strangers, travels with limited budget to rural areas of India during his holidays for several years.

Written in an informal style, I got a real sense of the area and the fun of the chase. For an 'off the beaten path' foray into the history of India in the 19th century, grab a copy of this and go exploring for several hours.

There is a short glossary, chart of weights and measurements and bibliography in the back and a general area map in the front.
Modimeena
Moxham has uncovered a part of the history of the British in India that has almost disappeared from general textbooks. The hedge was a monumental accomplishment. Or almost accomplishment, as it was an element of incredible suffering imposed on the people of India in the interests of making money. This story will help people understand why Gandhi's march to the ocean to make salt had such significance.
Blackredeemer
It's a great read, full of history and much research done by the author. It's a gift for an adventurous friend.

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