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Allen, Charles 1940-

Overview
Works: 49 works in 385 publications in 2 languages and 9,880 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Military history  Exhibition catalogs  Interviews  Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  Science television programs  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, Compiler, Interviewer
Classifications: DS428, 297.814
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Charles Allen
Plain tales from the Raj : images of British India in the twentieth century by Charles Allen( Book )

77 editions published between 1975 and 2015 in English and held by 1,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tape recordings from which this anthology is composed were made for Plain tales from the Raj, a series of programmes first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1974
God's terrorists : the Wahhabi cult and hidden roots of modern Jihad by Charles Allen( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What are the roots of today's militant fundamentalism in the Muslim world? In this insightful and wide-ranging history, Charles Allen finds an answer in an eighteenth-century reform movement of Muhammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab and his followers-the Wahhabi-who sought the restoration of Islamic purity and declared violent jihad on all who opposed them. The Wahhabi teaching spread rapidly-first throughout the Arabian Peninsula, then to the Indian subcontinent, where a more militant expression of Wahhabism flourished. The ranks of today's Taliban and al-Qaeda are filled with young men trained in Wahhabi theology. God's Terrorists sheds much-needed light on the origins of modern terrorism and shows how this dangerous ideology lives on today."--Publisher's website
Kipling Sahib : India and the making of Rudyard Kipling by Charles Allen( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the story of the forgotten Kipling: 'Ruddy" the troubled teenager eager to be accepted by Anglo-Indian society but too cocky for his own good, with a 'caddishly dirty tongue'. The young man who, fearful of Indian India, terrified of heat, darkness and disease, suffered a series of physical and mental breakdowns and turned to opiates for relief; who began his 'night walks', which took him away from the safety of the British Station into the 'Native' city of Lahore." "This is Ruddy the breaker of taboos, who visited prostitutes and wrote about love across the racial divide and wives who committed adultery in the hill-stations, who wrote sympathetically about the British underclass in India - the British Tommies and the drunks and vagabonds. But when he used to pen to attack figures in the highest tiers of the establishment, he had become too dangerous for British India's comfort. At twenty-three, Ruddy left India to make a name for himself in literary London." "This account of the first part of Kipling's life, between 1865 and 1900, reveals the 'real' Kipling: the admirer of the underdog, who went on to rediscover the child in himself and write the Jungle Books and Kim - before fame, family tragedy and the hardening of his political prejudices undid him. Charles Allen has used his unique knowledge of the period to rediscover a strikingly modern literary figure. This book is a work of huge sympathy for both the man - while not blind to his faults - and the country that made him."--Jacket
Lives of the Indian princes by Charles Allen( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1998 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tales from the Dark Continent by Charles Allen( Book )

27 editions published between 1979 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raj, a scrapbook of British India, 1877-1947 by Charles Allen( Book )

19 editions published between 1977 and 1984 in English and Undetermined and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for the Buddha : the men who discovered India's lost religion by Charles Allen( Book )

3 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Now 2,500 years old, Buddhism has 300 million followers worldwide and between two and three million adherents in the United States. Yet, until the late eighteenth century when Sir William "Oriental" Jones - a British judge in India - broke the Brahmins' prohibition on learning the sacred language of Sanskrit, the Buddha's teachings were treasures unappreciated by Westerners. Jones, who began to uncover clues about Buddhism's origins from inscriptions on pillars and rocks, became the first of an enthusiastic, and often eccentric band whose search for the Indian subcontinent's secret religion is chronicled in this book of monumental historical detection infused with the air of high adventure."--Jacket
Ashoka : the search for India's lost emperor by Charles Allen( Book )

11 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ashoka Maurya-- or Ashoka the Great as he was later known-- holds a special place in the history of India. Through his third century BCE quest to govern the Indian subcontinent by moral force alone, Ashoka transformed Buddhism from a minor sect into a major world religion. His bold experiment ended in tragedy, and in the tumult that followed the historical record was cleansed so effectively that his name was largely forgotten for almost two thousand years. Yet, a few mysterious stone monuments and inscriptions miraculously survived the purge. In Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor, historian Charles Allen tells the incredible story of how a few enterprising archaeologists deciphered the mysterious lettering on keystones and recovered India's ancient past. Drawing from rich sources, Allen crafts a clearer picture of this enigmatic figure than ever before."--Publisher's website
India through the lens : photography 1840-1911 by Vidya Dehejia( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the turn of the millennium, photography is ubiquitous and unquestioned. A century and a half ago however, notes curator and scholar Vidya Dehejia, "the simple ability to produce a photograph was in itself a marvel ... The early decades of the nineteenth century witnessed the pursuit of a dream, an obsession with cajoling nature into a miraculous reflection upon a surface where it could be captured and retained for all time." India was at the vanguard of the explosion of photography; both Indian and foreigner (mainly British) strove to document and reveal the Indian landscape, people, and architecture. The essays in this book reveal the history and importance of photography in India, from the appeal of the panorama to the documentation of people, places, and princes - and to the outstanding Indian photographer, Lala Deen Dayal, who was unique in being esteemed by both the world of the British and the world of princely India. This book appeals to specialists and nonspecialists alike - all those who love early photography or British India are bound to enjoy India through the Lens."--Jacket
Soldier sahibs : the daring adventurers who tamed India's Northwest Frontier by Charles Allen( Book )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this stirring chronicle of the quest undertaken by fearless young British officers in Queen Victoria's Army to secure India's northwest frontier, Charles Allen brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters in British colonial history. At the same time, he illuminates the background to the ensuing "Great Game," in which Europe's imperial powers squared off in an international tournament to gain control over all of Central Asia." "Drawing extensively upon diaries, letters, and family mementos as well as his own frequent travels in India, Allen weaves together the stories of John Nicholson and seven other illustrious soldier sahibs into a vivid historical narrative that comes to a rousing climax on the Delhi Ridge in 1857, when with flashing sabers this singular brotherhood fought to save British India from native rebellion."--Jacket
Tales from the South China seas : images of the British in South-east Asia in the twentieth century by Charles Allen( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soldier sahibs : the men who made the North-West frontier by Charles Allen( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this stirring chronicle of the quest undertaken by fearless young British officers in Queen Victoria's Army to secure India's northwest frontier, Charles Allen brings to life one of the most extraordinary chapters in British colonial history. At the same time, he illuminates the background to the ensuing "Great Game," in which Europe's imperial powers squared off in an international tournament to gain control over all of Central Asia." "Drawing extensively upon diaries, letters, and family mementos as well as his own frequent travels in India, Allen weaves together the stories of John Nicholson and seven other illustrious soldier sahibs into a vivid historical narrative that comes to a rousing climax on the Delhi Ridge in 1857, when with flashing sabers this singular brotherhood fought to save British India from native rebellion."--Jacket
Secrets of the dead( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates claims that, in 1898, a colonial landowner in Northern India uncovered the tomb of Siddhārtha Gautama, the Buddha
Kipling's kingdom : twenty-five of Rudyard Kipling's best Indian stories--known and unknown by Rudyard Kipling( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duel in the snows : the true story of the Younghusband mission to Lhasa by Charles Allen( Book )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Allen presents the real story of the Younghusband Mission. In doing so, he reveals not only the true character of one of Britain's great imperial heroes but also the calamitous outcome for the Tibetan people of Britain's last attempt at empire-building
Thunder and lightning : the RAF in the Gulf War : personal experiences of war by Charles Allen( Book )

13 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The savage wars of peace : soldiers' voices 1945-1989 by Charles Allen( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Buddha and the sahibs : the men who discovered India's lost religion by Charles Allen( Book )

11 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A glimpse of the burning plain : leaves from the Indian journals of Charlotte Canning by Charlotte Canning( Book )

5 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for Shangri-La : a journey into Tibetan history by Charles Allen( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1932 the writer James Hilton coined the word "Shangri-La" in his popular romance, "Lost Horizon". Exploring the myth behind the story, this book tracks down the sources that Hilton drew upon in writing his novel, and then sets out to discover what lies behind the legend that inspired him
 
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The search for the Buddha : the men who discovered India's lost religion
Alternative Names
Charles Allen Writer and historian

アレン, C.

チャールズ・アレン (作家)

Languages
English (321)

Japanese (3)

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God's terrorists : the Wahhabi cult and hidden roots of modern JihadKipling Sahib : India and the making of Rudyard KiplingThe search for the Buddha : the men who discovered India's lost religionIndia through the lens : photography 1840-1911Soldier sahibs : the daring adventurers who tamed India's Northwest FrontierTales from the South China seas : images of the British in South-east Asia in the twentieth centurySoldier sahibs : the men who made the North-West frontierDuel in the snows : the true story of the Younghusband mission to Lhasa