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Keay, John

Works: 108 works in 464 publications in 6 languages and 15,978 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Biography  Juvenile works  Guidebooks  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Creator, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: DS451, 954
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Most widely held works about John Keay
Most widely held works by John Keay
India : a history by John Keay( Book )

36 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of the Indian subcontinent, "one of the world's most fascinating and complicated regions, the home of a billion and a half people, several major religions, and one of the world's oldest and most richly diverse civilizations."--Jacket
China : a history by John Keay( Book )

27 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Informed by the latest research and enlivened by wit and anecdote, Keay's classic single-volume history of China spans 5,000 years, from the Three Dynasties (2000-220 BC) to Deng Xiaoping's opening of China and the past three decades of economic growth
The honourable company : a history of the English East India Company by John Keay( Book )

25 editions published between 1991 and 1994 in English and held by 1,231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the company from its beginnings as an association of Elizabethan tradesmen to its becoming one of the most powerful forces in the world
Sowing the wind : the seeds of conflict in the Middle East by John Keay( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2016 in English and held by 1,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Middle East, roughly from 1900 to 1960
The great arc : the dramatic tale of how India was mapped and Everest was named by John Keay( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,013 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Great Arc made possible the mapping of the entire Indian subcontinent and the development of its roads, railways and telegraphs. India as we now know it was defined in the process. The Arc also resulted in the first accurate measurements of the Himalayas, an achievement that was acknowledged by the naming of the world's highest mountain in honor of Everest. More important still, by producing new values for the curvature of the earth's surface, the Arc significantly advanced our knowledge of the exact shape of our planet."--Jacket
Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empire's end : a history of the Far East from high colonialism to Hong Kong by John Keay( Book )

8 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To the haunting notes of a lone bugle playing "The Last Post," the sole remaining Western flag is lowered. With Hong Kong's return to China on June 30, 1997, an era of empire ends, exactly five hundred years after Vasco de Gama first sailed to the Asian mainland. As recently as 1930, half of the world's population was somewhere subject to American, British, French or Dutch colonial rule; two generations later, the West's empires in the East are extinct. In the process, the Orient, once a byword for things sleepy, mysterious and decadent, has become a catchphrase for all things modern and dynamic. What happened? What are the legacies left by five hundred years of colonial presence? For legacies there are - deep ones - and ignoring them is perilous for anyone who hopes to understand modern-day Asia
The spice route : a history by John Keay( Book )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Spice Route is one of history's greatest anomalies: shrouded in mystery, it existed long before anyone knew of its extent or configuration. Spices came from lands unseen, possibly uninhabitable, and almost by definition unattainable; that was what made them so desirable. Yet more livelihoods depended on this pungent traffic, more nations participated in it, more wars were fought for it, and more discoveries resulted from it than from any other global exchange. Epic in scope, marvelously detailed, laced with drama, The Spice Route spans three millennia and circles the world to chronicle the history of the spice trade. With the aid of ancient geographies, travelers' accounts, mariners' handbooks, and ships' logs, John Keay tells of ancient Egyptians who pioneered maritime trade to fetch the incense of Arabia, Graeco-Roman navigators who found their way to India for pepper and ginger, Columbus who sailed west for spices, de Gama, who sailed east for them, and Magellan, who sailed across the Pacific on the exact same quest. A veritable spice race evolved as the west vied for control of the spice-producing islands, stripping them of their innocence and the spice trade of its mystique. This enthralling saga, progressing from the voyages of the ancients to the blue-water trade that came to prevail by the seventeenth century, transports us from the dawn of history to the ends of the earth."--Publisher's description
Midnight's descendants : a history of South Asia since partition by John Keay( Book )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 565 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dispersed across India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, Midnight's Descendants--the generations born since the 1947 'midnight hour partition' of British India--are the world's fastest growing population. This vast region and its peoples wield an enormous influence over global economics and geopolitics, yet their impact is too often simplified by accounts that focus solely on one nation and ignore the intricate web of affiliations that shape relations among British India's successor states. Now, in Midnight Descendants, celebrated historian John Keay presents the first comprehensive history of this complex and interconnected region, delving deep into the events that have shaped its past and continue to guide its future. The 1947 partition was devastating to the larger of the newly created states, and it continues to haunt them to this day. Joined by their common origin and the fear of further partition, the five key nations of South Asia have progressed in tandem to a large degree. These countries have been forced to grapple with common challenges, from undeveloped economies and fractured societies to foreign interventions and the fraught legacy of imperialism, leaving them irrevocably intertwined. Combining authoritative historical analysis with vivid reportage, Keay masterfully charts South Asia's winding path toward modernization and democratization over the past sixty years. Along the way, he unravels the volatile India-Pakistan relationship; the rise of religious fundamentalism; the wars that raged in Kashmir and Sri Lanka; and the fortunes of millions of South Asia migrants dispersed throughout the world, creating a full and nuanced understanding of this dynamic region. Expansive and dramatic, Midnight's Descendants is a sweeping narrative of South Asia's recent history, from the aftermath of the 1947 partition to the region's present-day efforts to transcend its turbulent past and assume its rightful role in global politics"--
Into India by John Keay( Book )

10 editions published between 1973 and 1999 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eccentric travellers : excursions with seven extraordinary figures from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by John Keay( Book )

20 editions published between 1982 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Gilgit game : the explorers of the western Himalayas, 1865-95 by John Keay( Book )

17 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Mammoth book of explorers( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Royal Geographical Society history of world exploration by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain)( Book )

16 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covers historic and contemporary explorations of the oceans and continents
India : a history : from the earliest civilisations to the boom of the twenty-first century by John Keay( Book )

14 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fully revised with forty thousand new words that take the reader up to present-day India, John Keay's India: A History spans five millennia in a sweeping narrative that tells the story of the peoples of the subcontinent, from their ancient beginnings in the valley of the Indus to the events in the region today. In charting the evolution of the rich tapestry of cultures, religions, and peoples that comprise the modern nations of Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, Keay weaves together insights from a variety of scholarly fields to create a rich historical narrative. Wide-ranging and authoritative, India: A History is a compelling epic portrait of one of the world's oldest and most richly diverse civilizations. --Book Description
Explorers extraordinary by John Keay( Book )

13 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 283 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les récits des aventures de grands voyageurs de la seconde moitié du XIXe siècle se voient réappropriés par un biographe qui, tout en faisant revivre Mary Kingsley en Afrique de l'Ouest, John MacGregor sur le canal de Suez ou John Dundas Cochrane sur ses deux pieds, s'amuse à laisser planer des doutes sur l'absolue véracité de ces aventures
India discovered : the achievement of the British Raj by John Keay( Book )

18 editions published between 1981 and 1989 in 3 languages and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Last post : the end of empire in the Far East by John Keay( Book )

11 editions published between 1997 and 2005 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The time of the prophets by David Kent( Book )

4 editions published between 1981 and 1982 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Highland drove by John Keay( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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China : a history
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John Keay author

John Keay British historian and journalist

Keay, J.

China : a historyThe honourable company : a history of the English East India CompanySowing the wind : the seeds of conflict in the Middle EastThe great arc : the dramatic tale of how India was mapped and Everest was namedCollins encyclopaedia of ScotlandEmpire's end : a history of the Far East from high colonialism to Hong KongThe spice route : a historyInto India