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Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-1895

Keay John


Editeur - Casa editrice

Trafalgar Square Publishing

Asia
Karakorum
Himalaya

Anno - Date de Parution

1997

Pagine - Pages

571

Titolo originale

Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-1895

Lingua - language - langue

eng

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Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-1895

Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-1895  

This omnibus volume combines When Men and Mountains Meet (1977) and its sequel, The Gilgit Game (1979).
The Western Himalayas provide a natural frontier to five nations; as far back as the 19th century, this region was considered strategically important. Keay's (The Honorable Company, Macmillan, 1994) book is a well-written, often humorous account of the 19th-century European (mainly British) explorers and adventurers lured by this inaccessible and lawless region.
The book spans 75 years, beginning with the ill-fated William Moorcraft, a veterinarian in the service of the East India Company who arrived in the Himalayas in 1820, and ends with the men who were responsible for bringing the region of Chitral under British control in 1895.
The biographical sketches are well researched, the list of sources covering several pages. Embellished with maps and period photographs, this book deserves a place in specialized collections and academic and large public libraries.

 

Consulta anche: Vedi scheda della pubblicazione italiana in Neri Pozza.

Recensione in altra lingua (English):

The little-known... hair-raising story of 19th-century European exploration in the Western Himalayas--a protracted adventure as exciting and significant as the search for the sources of the Nile.'' The Times (London)
The forbidding mountain complex of the Western Himalayas was second only to deepest Africa as an arena of 19th-century exploration.
Seduced by the secrets of its lost valleys and the challenge of its ethereal peaks, a procession of romantics, spies, scientists, and eccentrics trailed up into the unknown. Originally published as two books (When Men and Mountains Meet and The Gilgit Game), this volume at last combines these two halves; in so doing, it restores the original idea of presenting what was the first--and is still the only--comprehensive narrative of European exploration of the noblest geographical region on earth.



Biografia

John Keay Ŕ autore di libri di grande successo, quali India: A History, The Honourable Company, una storia della Compagnia delle Indie Orientali, e Last Post. Vive in Scozia e, insieme a Julia Keay, cura la źCollins Encyclopaedia of Scotland╗. Quando uomini e montagne si incontrano (Neri Pozza 2005), la prima storia delle esplorazioni himalayane, Ŕ stato un best seller internazionale.

Consulta anche: Vedi scheda della pubblicazione italiana in Neri Pozza.
Consulta anche: John Keay - Official Web Site