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Travels into Bokhara Alexander Burnes

Travels into Bokhara By Alexander Burnes

Summary

In 1832, soldier and diplomat Alexander Burnes (1805-41) embarked on a covert expedition to Bukhara, to survey the country and observe the activities of the Russians in central Asia. This bestselling account was published in 1834. Volume 2 completes the journey, and describes the geography and history of the region.

Travels into Bokhara Summary

Travels into Bokhara: Being the Account of a Journey from India to Cabool, Tartary and Persia; Also, Narrative of a Voyage on the Indus, from the Sea to Lahore, with Presents from the King of Great Britain by Alexander Burnes

Aged sixteen, Alexander Burnes (1805-41) took up a post in the Bombay army, and speedily learned both Hindustani and Persian. His skills led him to political work, and he himself proposed a covert expedition to Bukhara, to survey the country, but also to observe the expansionist activities of the Russians in central Asia. In 1832, he set off, with an army doctor, and two Indians as surveyor and secretary. They travelled in local dress and adopted whatever personas a situation required. Having reached Bukhara, they continued overland to the Caspian Sea, and then to Tehran, returning to Bombay by sea in 1833. This three-volume account of his adventures, published in 1834, was an instant bestseller. Volume 2 completes the journey, and describes the geography and history of central Asia. Burnes continued his diplomatic activities in Afghanistan, but was murdered there by a mob in 1841.

Table of Contents

12. Journey in the desert of the Toorkmuns; 13. Continuation of the journey in the Toorkmun desert; 14. Khorasan; 15. Journey among the Toorkmuns of the Caspian; 16. Journey through Persia; Book I. General and Geographical Memoir on Part of Central Asia: 1. An account of the kingdom of Bokhara; 2. The river Oxus; 3. On the valley of the Oxus; 4. On the reputed descendants of Alexander the Great; 5. On the sources of the Indus; 6. Notice on Yarkund; 7. On the mountains of Hindoo Koosh; 8. Toorkmania, or the country of the Toorkmuns; 9. On the inroads of the Tatars; 10. On the horses of Toorkistan; Book II. An Historical Sketch of the Countries between India and the Caspian Sea: 1. The Punjab; 2. Historical sketch of events in Afghanistan; 3. Chiefship of Peshawur; 4. Chiefship of Cabool; 5. On the affairs of Afghanistan; 6. Summary on the affairs of Cabool; 7. On the power of Koondooz; 8. Sketch of the history of Bokhara; 9. On the political and military power of Bokhara; 10. On the state of Khiva, or Orgunje; 11. On the N.E. frontier of Persia; Book III. On the Commerce of Central Asia: 1. On the commercial relations of the Punjab, and the advantages of opening the Indus; 2. On the commerce of Cabool; 3. On the commerce and foreign communications of Bokhara and central Asia; 4. Notice on the trade of Persia: Observations on Burnes's collection of coins.

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Travels into Bokhara: Being the Account of a Journey from India to Cabool, Tartary and Persia; Also, Narrative of a Voyage on the Indus, from the Sea to Lahore, with Presents from the King of Great Britain by Alexander Burnes
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2014-07-31
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