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When Men and Mountains Meet: The Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-75

Keay John


Editeur - Casa editrice

John Murray

Asia
Karakorum
Himalaya

Città - Town - Ville

London

Anno - Date de Parution

1977

Titolo originale

When Men and Mountains Meet: The Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-75

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When Men and Mountains Meet: The Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-75

When Men and Mountains Meet: The Explorers of the Western Himalayas 1820-75  

This omnibus volume combines When Men and Mountains Meet (1977) and its sequel, The Gilgit Game (LJ 3/1/79). 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 Moorcroft, 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.

 



Biografia

John Keay è 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 «Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland». Quando uomini e montagne si incontrano (Neri Pozza 2005), la prima storia delle esplorazioni himalayane, è stato un best seller internazionale.

Consulta anche: John Keay - Official Web Site