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On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads (Paperback)

By Cope, Tim

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The relationship between man and horse on the Eurasian steppe gave rise to a succession of rich nomadic cultures. Among them were the Mongols of the thirteenth century - a small tribe, which, under the charismatic leadership of Genghis Khan, created the largest contiguous land em...pire in history. Inspired by the extraordinary life nomads still lead today, Tim Cope embarked on a journey that hadn't been successfully completed since those times: to travel on horseback across the entire length of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the ancient capital of Mongolia, through Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary. From horse-riding novice to travelling three years and 10,000 kilometres on horseback, accompanied by his dog Tigon, Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the scorching deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. Along the way, he was taken in by people who taught him the traditional ways and told him their recent history: Stalin's push for industrialisation brought calamity to the steppe and forced collectivism that in Kazakhstan alone led to the loss of several million livestock and the starvation of more than a million nomads. Today Cope bears witness to how the traditional ways hang precariously in the balance in the post-Soviet world.
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ISBN 9781408831304
Released AU 27 Aug 2014
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408831304
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 27 Aug 2014
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Cope, Tim
Category Biography & Autobiography
Travel Writing
Number of Pages 528
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Dewey Code 910.4
Weight 466g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Travel Writing
ONIX Text General/trade

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