Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia

Author: Peter Hopkirk

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1848546327

Category: History

Page: 300

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The Silk Road, which linked imperial Rome and distant China, was once the greatest thoroughfare on earth. Along it travelled precious cargoes of silk, gold and ivory, as well as revolutionary new ideas. Its oasis towns blossomed into thriving centres of Buddhist art and learning. In time it began to decline. The traffic slowed, the merchants left and finally its towns vanished beneath the desert sands to be forgotten for a thousand years. But legends grew up of lost cities filled with treasures and guarded by demons. In the early years of the last century foreign explorers began to investigate these legends, and very soon an international race began for the art treasures of the Silk Road. Huge wall paintings, sculptures and priceless manuscripts were carried away, literally by the ton, and are today scattered through the museums of a dozen countries. Peter Hopkirk tells the story of the intrepid men who, at great personal risk, led these long-range archaeological raids, incurring the undying wrath of the Chinese.

Von Land und Leuten in Ostturkistan

Berichte und Abenteuer der 4. deutschen Turfanexpedition

Author: Albert von Le Coq

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: East Turkestan

Page: 183

View: 7579

Glücksregeln für den Alltag

Author: Dalai Lama Bstan-vdzin-rgya-mtsho XIV.,Howard C. Cutler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783451058431

Category: Buddhism

Page: 221

View: 8115

Licht aus dem Osten

Eine neue Geschichte der Welt

Author: Peter Frankopan

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644122814

Category: History

Page: 944

View: 731

«‹Eine neue Geschichte der Welt› – dieses Buch verdient den Titel voll und ganz.» Peter Frankopan lehrt uns, die Geschichte neu zu sehen – indem er nicht Europa, sondern den Nahen und Mittleren Osten zum Ausgangspunkt macht. Hier entstanden die ersten Hochkulturen und alle drei monotheistischen Weltreligionen; ein Reichtum an Gütern, Kultur und Wissen, der das Alte Europa seit jeher sehnsüchtig nach Osten blicken ließ. Frankopan erzählt von Alexander dem Großen, der Babylon zur Hauptstadt seines neuen Weltreichs machen wollte; von Seide, Porzellan und Techniken wie der Papierherstellung, die über die Handelswege der Region Verbreitung fanden; vom Sklavenhandel mit der islamischen Welt, der Venedig im Mittelalter zum Aufstieg verhalf; von islamischen Gelehrten, die das antike Kulturerbe pflegten, lange bevor Europa die Renaissance erlebte; von der Erschließung der Rohstoffe im 19. Jahrhundert bis hin zum Nahostkonflikt. Schließlich erklärt Frankopan, warum sich die Weltpolitik noch heute in Staaten wie Syrien, Afghanistan und Irak entscheidet. Peter Frankopan schlägt einen weiten Bogen, und das nicht nur zeitlich: Er rückt zwei Welten zusammen, Orient und Okzident, die historisch viel enger miteinander verbunden sind, als wir glauben. Ein so fundiertes wie packend erzähltes Geschichtswerk, das wahrhaft die Augen öffnet.

Historien

2 Bände. Griechisch - Deutsch

Author: Herodot

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 305009091X

Category: History

Page: 1446

View: 4951

Herodot (geb. um 484 v. Chr., gest. um 425) wird mit Recht der Vater der Geschichtsschreibung genannt. Er verfasste eine Urgeschichte der alten Kulturen: des Vorderen Orients, Ägyptens und Griechenlands. Die welthistorische Auseinandersetzung zwischen Persern und Griechen, die Beschreibung der Schlachten von Marathon, den Thermopylen, Salamis und Platää sind von außerordentlicher Lebendigkeit. Der Weitgereiste ist zugleich aber auch der meisterhafte Erzähler von Geschichten, die in die Weltliteratur eingegangen sind, wie z. B. das Schicksal des Krösus, Gyges und sein Ring oder der Ring des Polykrates. Herodot gehört zu den Klassikern der griechischen Literatur, zu ihren ernstesten - und schwierigsten - Autoren, trotz oder gerade wegen seiner scheinbaren Leichtigkeit. Herodots Werk birgt in sich verhaltene Größe, Leiden und Leidenschaft, Welterfahrung und tiefe Klugheit.

The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds

A Tale of Espionage, the Silk Road and the Rise of Modern China

Author: Eric Enno Tamm

Publisher: Catapult

ISBN: 1582438765

Category: History

Page: 520

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On July 6, 1906, Baron Gustaf Mannerheim boarded the midnight train from St. Petersburg, charged by Czar Nicholas II to secretly collect intelligence on the Qing Dynastys sweeping reforms that were radically transforming China. The last czarist agent in the so-called Great Game, Mannerheim chronicled almost every facet of Chinas modernization, from education reform and foreign investment to Tibets struggle for independence. On July 6, 2006, writer Eric Enno Tamm boards that same train, intent on following in Mannerheims footsteps. Initially banned from China, Tamm devises a cover and retraces Mannerheims route across the Silk Road, discovering both eerie similarities and seismic differences between the Middle Kingdoms of today and a century ago. Along the way, Tamm offers piercing insights into Chinas past that raise troubling questions about its future. Can the Communist Party truly open China to the outside world yet keep Western ideas such as democracy and freedom at bay, just as Qing officials mistakenly believed? What can reform during the late Qing Dynasty teach us about the spectacular transformation of China today? As Confucius once wrote, “Study the past if you would divine the future, and that is just what Tamm does in The Horse that Leaps Through Clouds.

Die alten Seidenstrassen zwischen China und Syrien

Author: Albert Herrmann

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783737206570

Category:

Page: 84

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"Die ersten direkten Handelsbeziehungen, die im Altertum zwischen China und den Iranisch-Turanischen Landern bestanden haben (114 v. bis 23 n. Chr. und 87 - 127 n. Chr.), sind fur die Erweiterung der geographischen Kenntnisse der Chinesen von unermesslicher Tragweite gewesen. Wahrend fruher ihr Gesichtskreis kaum weiter als bis zu den Grenzen ihres Mutterlandes gereicht hatte, erfuhren sie, als Tschang K'ien von seiner grossen Expedition nach den Landern am Jaxartes und Oxus zuruckkehrte, zum ersten Male von der Existenz grosser Kulturvolker im Westen; mit diesen traten sie bald, nachdem Tschang K'ien die Wege durch das Tarimbecken und uber die Pamirpasse fur einen geregelten Verkehr gebahnt hatte, in nahere Beruhrung, wodurch sie neue Lander kennen lernten; und als um 100 n. Chr. der Verkehr seinen Hohepunkt erreichte, sammelten sie eifrig Nachrichten uber die Syrer, da diese damals mehr als manche anderen Handelsvolker auf die Einfuhr der chinesischen Seide bedacht waren, um sie in ihren Industriestadten zu den verschiedensten Geweben zu verarbeiten. Dass die Chinesen auf diese Weise mit einer von ihnen erst jetzt entdeckten Welt engere Fuhlung gewannen, hatten sie nicht zum wenigsten der weisen Politik einiger ihrer Kaiser, die dem damals herrschenden Hause der Han angehorten, zu danken. Am eingehendsten haben sie, von Handelsinteressen geleitet, die fur den Verkehr zuganglichen Lander Zentralasiens erforscht." [...] Vorliegender Band bietet einen wunderbaren historischen Uberblick uber die alten Seidenstrassen zwischen China und Syrien. Dieses Buch ist ein unveranderter Nachdruck der langst vergriffenen Originalausgabe von 1910.

Die Russen in Centralasien

Eine Studie über die neueste Geographie und Geschichte Centralasiens

Author: Friedrich von Hellwald

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Asia, Central

Page: 233

View: 9355

On the Trail of Genghis Khan

An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads

Author: Tim Cope

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408839881

Category: Travel

Page: 528

View: 5778

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 empire 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 steepe 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.

Reinterpreting Exploration

The West in the World

Author: Dane Kennedy

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199911851

Category: History

Page: 256

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Exploration was a central and perhaps defining aspect of the West's encounters with other peoples and lands. Rather than reproduce celebratory narratives of individual heroism and national glory, this volume focuses on exploration's instrumental role in shaping a European sense of exceptionalism and its iconic importance in defining the terms of cultural engagement with other peoples. In chapters offering broad geographic range, the contributors address many of the key themes of recent research on exploration, including exploration's contribution to European imperial expansion, Western scientific knowledge, Enlightenment ideas and practices, and metropolitan print culture. They reassess indigenous peoples' responses upon first contacts with European explorers, their involvement as intermediaries in the operations of expeditions, and the complications that their prior knowledge posed for European claims of discovery. Underscoring that exploration must be seen as a process of mediation between representation and reality, this book provides a fresh and accessible introduction to the ongoing reinterpretation of exploration's role in the making of the modern world.

The World Geopolitics of Drugs, 1998/1999

Author: Alain Labrousse,Laurent Laniel

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9401735050

Category: Social Science

Page: 284

View: 4105

The other report is published by the U. S. State Department and is more "committed," but only as far as the national interest of the world's only su perpower is concerned. Therefore, the State Department report must be read while keeping in mind the state of U. S. relations with the countries concerned. This report is accompanied by the so-called "certification" process, whose ar bitrary character has often been stressed. For instance, Iran, a country whose determination to fight the drug transit on its territory is well-known - more than 100 Iranian law enforcement agents die every year as a restult - was removed from the "blacklist" of "decertified countries" in the spring of 1999, precisely as it was inaugurating a policy of opening itself to external influ ence, including that of the United States. In retrospect, this demonstrates that the U. S. government had decertified Iran in past years because it was viewed as an Islamic and terrorist country, not because of its supposed involvement in drug trafficking. Neither does the last State Department report explain why Haji Ayub Afridi, a major Pakistani drug baron, who had voluntarily surrendered to U. S. authorities, returned to Pakistan in 1999 after spending a mere three and a half years in a U. S. prison.

1421

als China die Welt entdeckte

Author: Gavin Menzies

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783426777664

Category:

Page: 602

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In quest of the Buddha

a journey on the Silk Road

Author: Sunita Dwivedi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 351

View: 2919

Patchwork

Stories from the Dining Table

Author: Isabelle Actis-Malumeja

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 059538921X

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 6408

When women from different parts of the world get together around a dining table what do they do? They tell stories. Each person sparks memories and imagination in the others until experience and invention are stitched into a rich patchwork. Join the Dining Table Writers; Vim, Urmilla, Rose, Marlene, Ki, Isabelle and Denise with their tales of a right of passage in traditional Sri Lanka, the art of making dahi in rural India and mysterious events in New Zealand. Uncover family secrets in a wardrobe in Mexico. Find out how a marriage is saved by timely advice from a Filipino nun, how living with the man you love in Lyon is quite a different matter from being a bride in rural Zimbabwe, and what one Oxford student came up against when seeking to visit the capital of seventeenth century Persia. Each story in this collection represents a highly individual interpretation of a situation or relationship where one culture bumps into another and the world tilts, if ever so slightly. Patchwork is the result of collaboration by seven writers and the proceeds will go to the Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund, a charity which awards grants to women from developing countries.

Der blutige weiße Baron

Die erstaunliche Geschichte eines russischen Adligen, der zum letzten Khan der Mongolei wurde

Author: James Palmer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783821862347

Category:

Page: 379

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The Origins of Business, Money, and Markets

Author: Keith Roberts

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526857

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 368

View: 492

To understand business and its political, cultural, and economic context, it helps to view it historically, yet most business histories look no further back than the nineteenth century. The full sweep of business history actually begins much earlier, with the initial cities of Mesopotamia. In the first book to describe and explain these origins, Roberts depicts the society of ancient traders and consumers, tracing the roots of modern business and underscoring the relationship between early and modern business practice. Roberts's narrative begins before business, which he defines as selling to voluntary buyers at a profit. Before business, he shows, the material conditions and concepts for the pursuit of profit did not exist, even though trade and manufacturing took place. The earliest business, he suggests, arose with the long distance trade of early Mesopotamia, and expanded into retail, manufacturing and finance in these command economies, culminating in the Middle Eastern empires. (Part One) But it was the largely independent rise of business, money, and markets in classical Greece that produced business much as we know it. Alexander the Great's conquests and the societies that his successors created in their kingdoms brought a version of this system to the old Middle Eastern empires, and beyond. (Part Two) At Rome this entrepreneurial market system gained important new features, including business corporations, public contracting, and even shopping malls. The story concludes with the sharp decline of business after the 3rd century CE. (Part Three) In each part, Roberts portrays the major new types of business coming into existence. He weaves these descriptions into a narrative of how the prevailing political, economic, and social culture shaped the nature and importance of business and the status, wealth, and treatment of business people. Throughout, the discussion indicates how much (and how little) business has changed, provides a clear picture of what business actually is, presents a model for understanding the social impact of business as a whole, and yields stimulating insights for public policy today.

Weltordnung

Author: Henry A. Kissinger

Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag

ISBN: 3641155487

Category: Political Science

Page: 480

View: 7840

Henry Kissinger über die größte Herausforderung des 21. Jahrhunderts Hat das westlich geprägte Wertesystem im 21. Jahrhundert angesichts aufstrebender Mächte mit gänzlich anderem Menschenbild und Gesellschaftskonzept als Basis einer Frieden stiftenden Weltordnung ausgedient? Henry Kissinger, über Jahrzehnte zentrale Figur der US-Außenpolitik und Autorität für Fragen der internationalen Beziehungen, sieht unsere Epoche vor existenziellen Herausforderungen angesichts zunehmender Spannungen. In der heutigen global eng vernetzten Welt wäre eine Ordnung vonnöten, die von Menschen unterschiedlicher Kultur, Geschichte und Tradition akzeptiert wird und auf einem Regelwerk beruht, das in der Lage ist, regionale wie globale Kriege einzudämmen. Der Autor analysiert die Entstehung der unterschiedlichen Ordnungssysteme etwa in China, den islamischen Ländern oder im Westen und unternimmt den Versuch, das Trennende zwischen ihnen zusammenzuführen und den Grundstein für eine zukünftige friedliche Weltordnung zu legen.