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Birds Of Bhutan And The Eastern HimalayasBirds Of Bhutan And The Eastern Himalayas by Grimmett, Richard; C. Inskipp

The nation of Bhutan and the Indian states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh together form the eastern arm of the Himalayas. This book is the definitive field guide to the birds of this magical corner of Asia. Covers all 809 species that regularly occur in the region, including most vagrants. 152 superb colour plates, with text on facing pages for quick and easy reference. Concise text covering identification, voice, habits, habitats, distribution and status.

Silk Roads: A History Of The Great Trading Routes Between East And WestSilk Roads: A History Of The Great Trading Routes Between East And West by Torr, Geordie

Take an intrepid journey through the history of the Silk Roads with this visually stunning reference book. Geordie Torr guides us through the history and politics of these fabled routes while also celebrating the incredible feats of those who traversed them and the beauty of the routes themselves. Packed with timelines, maps and profiles on key figures and important cities, the book also features beautiful photography that faithfully conveys the diversity of nations as well as the enduring magic of travel.

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk RoadEastern Horizons: Hitchhiking The Silk Road by Wood, Levison

Award-winning TV adventurer and travel writer's enthralling account of his youthful expedition to Central Asia.

Pearl That Broke Its Shell, ThePearl That Broke Its Shell, The by Hashimi, Nadia

This is the entwined stories of two Afghan women separated by a century who find freedom in the tradition of bacha posh, which allows girls to dress and live as boys...until they are of marriageable age.

Return Of A King: The Battle For AfghanistanReturn Of A King: The Battle For Afghanistan by Dalrymple, William

In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne Shah Shuja ul-Mulk. On the way in, the British faced little resistance. But after two years of occupation, the Afghan people rose in answer to the call for jihad and the country exploded into violent rebellion. The First Anglo-Afghan War ended in Britain's greatest military humiliation of the nineteenth century: an entire army of the then most powerful nation in the world ambushed in retreat and utterly routed by poorly equipped tribesmen. Return of a King is the definitive analysis of the First Afghan War, told through the lives of unforgettable characters on all sides and using for the first time contemporary Afghan accounts of the conflict. Prize-winning and bestselling historian William Dalrymple's masterful retelling of Britain's greatest imperial disaster is a powerful and important parable of colonial ambition and cultural collision, folly and hubris, for our times.

Foreign Devils On The Silk Road: The Search For Thelost Treasures Of Central AsiaForeign Devils On The Silk Road: The Search For Thelost Treasures Of Central Asia by Hopkirk, Peter

2005 softback of the 1980 account of some of the foreign archaeologists and scholars (often called "thieves") who in the early 20th century made known and removed from sites along the ancient Silk Road of Central Asia. The author recounts and discusses the aims of the scholarly treasure raiders whose finds are now in some of the major museums in at least 13 different countries. These include Sven Hedin of Sweden, Sir Aurel Stein of Britain, Albert von Le Coq of Germany, Paul Pelliot of France, Langdon Warner of the United States and Count Kozui Otani of Japan. There is still the open question - were these art works saved from otherwise inevitable destruction, or ruined by the forced removal. With black-and-white photographs, bibliography, sketch maps and index.

Fort Of Nine Towers, AFort Of Nine Towers, A by Qais Akbar Omar

This is an emotional life account of growing up in Afghanistan, by a writer who still lives in Kabul. Qais Akbar Omar's young life coincided with one of the most convulsive decades in Afghan history: civil war, the rise of the Taliban, and the arrival of international troops in 2001. This is an extraordinary book about a beautiful and civilized country ravaged by war, and about the power of stories to embolden, console, and bind a family together, in the face of almost unimaginable odds.

Insight Guides: The Silk RoadInsight Guides: The Silk Road by

Insight Guide Silk Road is the complete illustrated guide to one of the world's ultimate travel adventures. Passing right through the heart of Asia, the ancient trade route traverses a quarter of the globe from the heart of China to the Mediterranean via a vast, inhospitable expanse of mountains and desert. The guide covers all the sights along the way across 13 countries and 6 time zones, with authoritative chapters on the Silk Road's history and culture to put it all into context.

Treasures Of The Great Silk RoadTreasures Of The Great Silk Road by Knobloch, Edgar

Updated softback edition of the 2001 study of the culture, history and heritage of the Silk Road area, home of the Republics of Xinjiang and Afghanistan. Visible and concealed evidences of Greek, Arab, Mongol, and Russian invasions and Persian, Turkic and Chinese influences are discussed and illustrated for the student and the traveller. Historical quotations, photographs, drawings, and street plans complement the four sections. These offer: general background material on the Silk Road countries and their history, civilisation and architecture; discussions of the Central Asian republics of Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan), and of Afghanistan. Impacts of the Soviet invasion of the 1990s but not of the subsequent and ongoing warfare are appended. Bibliography and index.

Afghanistan - Graveyard Of Empires: A New History Of The BorderlandsAfghanistan - Graveyard Of Empires: A New History Of The Borderlands by Isby, David

This dense and detailed study of today's Afghanistan is by a veteran US defence analyst. He sets out reasoned descriptions of the multi-layered and overlapping issues and problems which form or dominate the situation of today's Afghanistan ("the graveyard of empires"). While the analysis is largely not hopeful for the country's future there is are signs of constructive changes and growing points for hope. With chronology to May 2011, glossary, references and index.

Travelling The Silk Road: Ancient Pathway To The Modern WorldTravelling The Silk Road: Ancient Pathway To The Modern World by Norell, Mark; Denise Patry-Leidy Et Al.

This book is an exciting treasure-store of scholarly information, ancient maps, and art works which in one volume conveys something of the nature and significance of the Silk Road. The Silk Road was of course not a single track but a network of caravan routes which from early times enabled European and Asian linkages and middlemen to convey and exchange cultures, religions, traded goods, populations, and ideologies. Historically significant cities grew along the routes taken by the traders and the photographs, inset maps and art works in this volume demonstrate the diversity and continuing significance of the resulting intermixes. With bibliography, index.

Great Warrior, The: Genghis KhanGreat Warrior, The: Genghis Khan by Wang Chisheng; Ren Changhong (Illus.)

Genghis Khan, one of the world's most well-known conquerors, led an eventful childhood after the sudden and tragic death of his chieftain father. Abandoned by his own tribe which was torn apart by internal strife, he and his siblings, together with their mother, struggled to survive on the harsh steppes of Mongolia. This comic version of Genghis Khan charts his rise from an angstridden youth trying to rebuild his clan to become a fearsome warrior fighting back to regain what he had lost and more. This is the tale of one man who laid claim on the whole of Mongolia and created a mammoth empire stretching across Asia and Europe; a man whose name invoked fear in rulers everywhere. Genghis Khan, through his great vision, courage and determination, overcame all odds to make history by almost conquering the whole world. Follow Genghis Khan's tribulations in defeats and triumphs as the book takes us back in time to the 13th century on the Mongolian steppes where it all began ...

Marco Polo's Silk Road: The Art Of The Journey - An Italian At The Court Of Kublai Khan by

This is an unusual treasury. Finebinding covers the 1903 translation by Henry Yule of the famous memoirs of his travels and 35 years at the Court of Kublai Khan by Marco Polo (1254-1324). The introduction to the 1907 edition by the then-Poet Laureate John Masefiel is reprinted. The text is interleaved with many full colour scenic photographs, and insets of pictures and art objects. With 2011 references, reading list and index.

Turkmen Jewelry: Silver Ornaments From The Marshall And Marilyn R. Wolf CollectionTurkmen Jewelry: Silver Ornaments From The Marshall And Marilyn R. Wolf Collection by Diba, Layla S.

The Turkmen people of Central Asia and Iran are revered for their carpets and textiles. Less well known, but equally stunning, is the extraordinary silver jewellery created by Turkmen tribal craftsmen and urban silversmiths throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. This catalogue presents nearly two hundred pieces in glorious detail, ranging from crowns and headdresses to armbands and rings, and featuring accents of carnelian, turquoise, and other stones. Characterised by elegant form, geometric shapes, and delicate openwork, Turkmen jewellery has typically been viewed through an ethnographic rather than an aesthetic lens. By highlighting these objects-which come from one of the most significant private collections of Turkmen ornaments in the world-and placing them in the larger context of Islamic art, this groundbreaking publication elevates the vibrant, monumental pieces from folk art to fine art.

Royal Nepal Through The Lens Of Richard Gordon MatzeneRoyal Nepal Through The Lens Of Richard Gordon Matzene by Sirhandi, Marcella

In 1930, the celebrated American photographer Richard Gordon Matzene made a unique series of portraits of the ruling families of Nepal. The handsome aristocrats and sumptuously adorned women in his immaculate portraits are here identified and their biographies fitted into the panoply of Nepalese court drama and intrigue. Local and regional conquests, two world wars, a devastating earthquake, and the rampant malaria that challenged the regime are all part of this story. With index.

Buddhism And Islam On The Silk RoadBuddhism And Islam On The Silk Road by Elverskog, Johan

This is a detailed and often-revisionary account of the continuum of Buddhist-Muslim interaction and co-existence which, from the 8th to the 19th century, took place in the Silk Road areas between Iran and China. The evidence of surviving monuments and art works, documented events and established traditions is seen to undermine much of the stereotyping about the Dharma and Islam, and tends to demonstrate that relationships of cultural exchange and tolerance have been well established. Bibliography, black-and-white illustrations, and index.

Wasted Vigil, TheWasted Vigil, The by Aslam, Nadeem

Marcus Caldwell, an English widower and Muslim convert, lives in an old perfume factory in the shadow of the Tora Bora Mountains in Afghanistan. Lara, a Russian woman arrives at the house one day in search of her brother, a Soviet soldier who disappeared in the area may years previously, and who may have know Marcus's daughter. In the days that follow, further people arrive at the house, each seeking someone or something. The stories and histories that unfold, intervening and overlapping, span nearly a quarter of a century and tell of the terrible afflictions that have plagued Afghanistan - and the love that can blossom during war and conflict.

Gandhara: The Memory Of AfghanistanGandhara: The Memory Of Afghanistan by Geoffroy-Schneiter, Berenice

One of the world's most extraordinary artistic hybrids, the "Greco-Buddhist" art of the Gandhara region on India's north-western frontier, emerged and flourished during the first centuries AD in the harsh territory encompassing present-day Pakistan and Afghanistan. Its enigmatic statues were the work of anonymous sculptors along the Silk Road. Striking archive photographs and concise text in this book showcases these remnants of the encounter of two great civilisations, the Greece of Alexander the Great and the India of Buddha.

Dragon Fighter: One Woman's Epic Struggle For Peace With ChinaDragon Fighter: One Woman's Epic Struggle For Peace With China by Kadeer, Rebiya; Alexandra Cavelius

Rebiyah Kadeer (b. 1946) was born to an Uyghur family in China's borderlands with Kazakhstan. She traces her career as refugee, self-made millionaire and celebrated official of China's National Peoples Congress. Following her efforts to promote the human and political rights of Uyghur people, attendance at the 1995 Beijing United Nations World Conference on Women, and unrest in her home area, she was arrested in 1999. She tells of her gross ill treatment and the sufferings of other prisoners, and finally, after international outcry, her 2005 release "to take medical treatment" in the US. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and apparently, been subject to harassment and assassination attempts. Rebiya has received awards from Human Rights Watch and Norway's Rafto Foundation. This book tells of China's apparent orchestrated efforts to obliterate Uyghur identity.

Silk Road, The:An Ancient Trade RouteSilk Road, The:An Ancient Trade Route by Luke, M S

This is a comprehensive overview of the ancient trade route linking China with the West. The areas covered include: Buddhism and the Silk Road; Violent non-state actors in Central Asia; Ecumenical Mischief; Silk Road ancient sites and conservation; the Islamisation of the Silk Road; and Restoration of the Silk Road among others. With bibliography and index.