INDIA - BIBLIOGRAPHY
Bibliography (Further Reading)
(1) History. Ormes Indostan. Wilsons edition of Mills History of India, 9 vol., 1840-48, is still the standard work on the general history of India; but it is practically superseded, with regard to special periods, by a number of less known works. Mountstuart Elphinstones History of India (Professor Cowells edition, 1866) deals with the Mahometan period, Sir Henry Elliots History of India (8 vol., 1867-77) treats of the earlier centuries of that period as total by the native historians. Mr Grant-Duffs History of the Marhattáns, Cunninghams History of the Sikhs, Wilks History of Mysore, and Dr Buchanans Journey through Malabar and Kanara are the best general works with regard to the native history of southern India. Todds Rájásthán occupies the same position with reference to the great tract of which it treats. But in these departments also the process of subdivision has taken place, and different periods or aspects are now treated elaborately by specialists.
(2) Aitchisons Treaties and Engagements, 7 vols., require a place by themselves.
(3) The following are the leading works on the various periods, provinces, and races:M Crindles Ancient India of Megasthenes and Arrian, and his Navigation of the Erythraean Sea; Dr. J. Muirs Original Sanskrit Texts, 5 invaluable vols. 1868-72; Webers History of Indian Literature, 1878; Professor Max Müllers History of Sanskrit Literature, and various works and essays; Professor Dowsons Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology 1879; Sherrings Hindu Tribes and Castes; Fergussons Tree and Serpent Worship, Indian Architecture, Cave Temples &c.; the Reports of the Archaeological Survey, by General Cunningham and Mr Burgessl Beames edition of Sir H. Elliots Races of India; Wards Hindus; Abbé Duboiss Manners and Customs of India; Bishop Hebers Journey; Mrs Manning Ancient and Mediaeval India; Rájendra Lála Mitras Orissa, and series of valuable antiquarian works; General Cunninghams Ancient Geography of India, 1871; B.H. Hodgsons Essays on Indian Subjects, 2 vol., 1880, and other works, specially on Nepál and Tibet; Bishop Caldwells Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Languages, the standard authority on southern India; Colonel Daltons Ethnology of Bengal; R. Custs Linguistic and Oriental Essays, 1880; H. H. Wil-ons great series of works; Sir Henry Summer Maines Village Communities; Birdwoods Indian Arts.
(4) Works of a more local character:The Statistical Account of Bengal and Assam, with the Gazetteers or District Manuals for Bombay, Madras, the North-West the Central Provinces, Rájputána, Mysore, British Burmah, Ajmír, and other provinces; Colonel Mallesons and Mr Mackays works on the native states and princes; Mr Lepel Griffins Punjab Rájás; Stewarts History of Bengal; Dr Hookers Himálayan Journals; Vignes Travels in Kashmir, and Ghazni, Kabul, and Afghánistan; Ferrier, History of the Afgháns; Conollys Overland Journey to in the Olden Time, and his other valuable works; Mallesons History of the French in India; Hunters Annals of Rural Bengal, Orissa, and Indian Musalmáns.
(5) Among works bearing on British ruleThe Fifth Report on the Affairs of the East India Company; selection from the Calcutta Gazette in the last century; Kayes Administration of the East India Company; Keenes Fall of the Mughal Empire; Owens India on the Eve of the British Conquests; Thornes War in India, 1802-1806; Malcolms India, 1811; Prinseps British India, 1813-18; Kayes Sepoy War, and continuation by Malleson; Fawcetts Indian Finance.
(6) Short works on Indian history and geography, by Roper Lethbridge, Pope, Marshman, Wheeler, and Meadows Taylor.
(7) Biographies of Clive, Warren Hastings, Sir Philip Francis, Lord Teignmouth, Malcolm, Minto, Metcalfe, Combermere, Sir Henry Lawrence, and Sir Herbert Edwardes; also the Wellington Despatches referring to India, by Sindney Owen; Lord Ellenboroughs Letters; and Kayes admirable Indian biographies.
(8) In fiction and poetry, Edwin Arnolds Light of Asia stands first. Meadows Taylors Confessions of a Thug, and Tara; Pandurang Hari; H. Cunninghams Dustypore; and The Afghan Knife, form well-known examples of the Anglo-Indian novel.
(9) Indian official reports:Annual Administration Reports of the various presidencies and provinces; District Settlement Reports in the North-Western Provinces, Oudh, and the Punjab; General Reports of the Board of Revenue, Madras; Survey and Settlement Reports of Bombay; Census Reports for the various presidencies and provinces in 1871-72, and their condensation, The Memorandum on the Census of British India (1871-72), presented to parliament in 1875; Annual Reports on the Trade and Navigation of British India; Report of the Bengal Royal Commission, 1880.
(10) Parliamentary Blue Books:The Annual Statistical Abstract relating to British India; Annual East India Finance and Revenue Accounts; Statements on the Material and Moral Progress of India. (W.W.H.)
The author of this article was Sir W. W. Hunter, LL.D., C.I.E., Director-General of Statistics to the Government of India.
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