The Politics of Nepal: Persistence and Change in an Asian Monarchy

The Politics of Nepal: Persistence and Change in an Asian Monarchy

The Politics of Nepal: Persistence and Change in an Asian Monarchy

The Politics of Nepal: Persistence and Change in an Asian Monarchy

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Our collaboration in researches on Nepal began in 1952 and has continued, with varying degrees of intensity, down to the present. In the early fifties, Nepal was emerging from centuries of seclusion, but was still largely unknown to the outside world. In the course of its search for a place in the modern world a palace revolution occurred which toppled a singularly anachronistic system of government. For a brief period Nepal won attention -- although something less than comprehension -- in the world press.

Our search for answers to questions arising from journalistic accounts of these events proved to be more rewarding than we had expected. Initial curiosity gave way to sustained interest in the unique civilization which had developed in Nepal's mountain fastnesses. It became clear that this civilization, the people who had created it, and the environment which had nurtured it offered a variety of challenging problems worthy of the attention of scholars in all fields.

To the political scientist, Nepal is of special interest, partly because it is an Asian country that was never reduced to colonial status. Its traditional institutions, well established and widely accepted, are today undergoing change, but the change is being initiated and controlled by Nepalis unconditioned by Western conquest. Nepal is . . .

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