By Bijan Omrani
What was once it particularly prefer to shuttle the iron rails of the Trans-Siberian Railway in its early years, the dusty, parched tracks of the Silk highway in its heyday, or the rugged, harmful mountain passes into and out of the Indian subcontinent? Eurasia’s nice land routes, offspring of the ambition of Russian tsars, chinese language emperors and Mughal khans, have served human historical past good, appearing as conduits for alternate, faith and cultural conventions, and as avenues down which conquering armies and advertisement pioneers swarmed within the forging of empires.
With wit and humor, Omrani weaves a tapestry of stories and studies through a panoply of tourists down the centuries, taking the reader on an exhilarating trip that crosses continents and spans epochs. Richly adorned with gorgeous images, specific maps and engaging archival illustrations, Asia Overland is a compelling piece of shuttle literature that might entice either modern day explorers and armchair tourists alike.
Travel better half and ancient travelogue
Resourced from commute luminaries: from George Kennan to Anton Chekhov, Fa Xian and Xuanzang to Marco Polo and Matteo Ricci, Sir Clarmont Skrine and Francis Younghusband to Peter Fleming and Mildred Cable, Lord Curzon and Sir Alexander Burnes to Yakut al-Hamawi and Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo
Fascinating archival images
Lavish, broad-ranging images
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Extra resources for Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian & Silk Road
There, amidst the brilliant throng of courtiers, sat Charles, a strange, grave figure dressed in black. The face was known to all, the blue eyes, broad forehead, sharp pointed nose, the large mouth and protruding jaw, characteristic these latter of the Burgundian race. But in this sombre and gloomy figure, bent and crippled by disease, the burghers found it hard to trace a likeness to the Emperor they had known. He had been a brave and gallant soldier, who, laughing at danger and fatigue, himself had led his army forth to victory.
Mary prevailed on her husband to linger yet a few weeks in England. Thereafter, with a heavy heart, she accompanied him down the Thames as far as Greenwich, where they parted. Philip reached Flanders in safety, and proceeded to Brussels, there to be present at the abdication of the Emperor. It was at this great ceremony, as we have seen, that Philip became sovereign of the Netherlands. Nor was it long before the youthful ruler received from Charles V. the whole of his vast possessions. Philip, ruler of the Netherlands, became also King of Spain and of both Sicilies.
The Spanish Fury Chapter XXIX. Don John of Austria Chapter XXX. Don John's Treachery Chapter XXXI. The Prince of Orange Is Invited to Brussels Chapter XXXII. Don John's Struggles and Death Chapter XXXIII. Alexander of Parma Chapter XXXIV. The Ban Chapter XXXV. The Duke of Anjou's Reception and Treachery Chapter XXXVI. The Plot against Orange and Its Success CHAPTER I The Early Struggles LIBERTY! Clear as a trumpet call the word is heard echoing down through the centuries. In no country rang the clarion voice more clear than throughout the provinces of the Netherlands.