An "agreed" Frontier: Ladakh and India's Northernmost Borders, 1846-1947

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Oxford University Press, 1992 - China - 248 pages
When the India-China War broke out in 1962 as the consequence of a clash over India's northern borders, few people had heard of Aksai Chin. Fewer still were aware of the circumstances in which India's borders had been defined in the course of the late nineteenth country. This book gives a succinct account of the way in which Aksai Chin and other parts of this remote and forbidding territory first became known a hundred years ago, when the British attempted to explore, define and delimit the northern borders of their Indian empire. The author shows that it was personalities, as much as political factors and strategic considerations, that were instrumental in the drawing of the boundaries of Ladakh. Drawing on archival material and illustrating his argument with detailed maps, the author has provided a concise yet carefully researched study of an exciting and complex period, and of issues interesting to both the layman and the policy-maker cum strategist.

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