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Dreaming spires, tranquil waterways, and a distinct literary history: no holiday within the united kingdom is entire and not using a stopover at to Oxford. Great Breaks Oxford is a suite of 12 illuminating walks and excursions in and round the urban, guiding you from the old middle of the college to idyllic Port Meadow and past, all with shiny full-color photos, transparent maps, and our choice of the easiest locations to consume and drink.
 
It’s packed packed with rules to encourage you, with the ten best points of interest in Oxford, together with the enduring Bodleian Library and the tranquil pleasures of punting at the Thames; plus sections on lively holidays, themed breaks, and concepts for activities with youngsters in tow. good points on literary Oxford, the city’s waterways, and song and theater supply a cultural backdrop to town, whereas useful details and our selective lodgings listings make making plans your journey a breeze.

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A Princess Remembers by Gayatri Devi and Santha Rama Rau is the captivating memoir of the former maharani of Jaipur, the glamorous Gayatri Devi, born in 1919. The Proudest Day – India’s Long Road to Independence by Anthony Read and David Fisher is an engaging account of India’s pre-Independence period. THE RAJPUTS & THE MARATHAS Throughout the Mughal period, there remained strong Hindu powers, most notably the Rajputs. Centred in Rajasthan, the Rajputs were a proud warrior caste with a passionate belief in the dictates of chivalry, both in battle and in state affairs.

After the massacre of unarmed protesters in Amritsar (p48), a deeply shocked Gandhi immediately called off the movement. By 1920 Gandhi was a key figure in the Indian National Congress, and he coordinated a national campaign of noncooperation or satyagraha (passive resistance) to British rule, with the effect of raising nationalist feeling while earning the lasting enmity of the British. In early 1930, Gandhi captured the imagination of the country, and the world, when he led a march of several thousand followers from Ahmedabad to Dandi on the coast of Gujarat.

Having been granted a licence to trade in Bengal by the Mughals, and following the establishment of a new trading post at Calcutta (Kolkata) in 1690, business began to expand rapidly. Under the apprehensive gaze of the nawab (local ruler), British trading activities became extensive and the ‘factories’ took on an increasingly permanent (and fortified) appearance. Eventually the nawab decided that British power had grown far enough. In June 1756 he attacked Calcutta and, having taken the city, locked his British prisoners in a tiny cell.

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