Excerpt from The Geography of British India, Political Physical This volume is the result of twenty years of preparation. It would have been more easy and pleasant to have given adequate literary expression to the extensive and comparatively new materials in two or three volumes. But Mr. Murrays request that the facts and descriptions should be included in a work of five hundred pages, to form one of the admirable series of his Students Manuals, involved an almost excessive degree of condensation in the writing, while it promised wider usefulness for the result. Though the book is thus primarily intended for the Student, from the upper classes of schools all through the stages of College, University, Military, and Civil Service studies and examinations in England, Scotland, Ireland, and India alike, it is much more. Its generalisations as well as details will enable the ordinary reader, probably for the first time, to form a just idea of the magnitude of the British Indian Empire; of the variety of its races, and all that concerns peoples more numerous than those of Europe; of the course of the history of every Province and even District when under native rulers; of the splendid and widespread archaeological and architectural remains of these rulers; and of the success of the British Government, thus far, in making the Empire a unity for the first time in history; so that, by detailed administration, education, and free religious suasion, its two hundred and fifty-three millions may be trained to govern themselves. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.