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The Great Journeys in History

Robin Hanbury-Tenison

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Thames & Hudson
01 August 2020
Marco Polo, Ferdinand Magellan, David Livingstone, Amelia Earhart, Neil Armstrong: these are some of the greatest travellers of all time. This book chronicles their stories and many more, describing epic voyages of discovery from the extraordinary migrations out of Africa by our earliest ancestors to the latest voyages into space.

In antiquity, we follow Alexander the Great to the Indus and Hannibal across the Alps; in medieval times we trek beside Genghis Khan and Ibn Battuta. The Renaissance brought Columbus to the Americas and the circumnavigation of the world. The following centuries saw gaps in the global maps filled by Tasman, Bering and Cook, and journeys made for scientific purposes, most famously by von Humboldt and Darwin. In modern times, the last inhospitable ends of the earth were reached - including both poles and the world's highest mountain - and new elements were conquered.

With evocative photographs, paintings and portraits, The Great Journeys in History reveals the stories of those who were there first, who explored the unexplored and who set out into the unknown, bringing alive the romance and thrill of travel.
Edited by:   Robin Hanbury-Tenison
Imprint:   Thames & Hudson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780500287033
ISBN 10:   0500287031
Pages:   408
Publication Date:   01 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Ancient World - Out of Africa * Into a New World * Early Pacific Voyagers * Egyptian Explorers Herodotus * Xenophon * Alexander the Great * Pytheas the Greek * Hannibal * St Paul * The Emperor Hadrian Medieval World Early Chinese Travellers on the Silk Road * Early Voyagers to America Christian Pilgrimages * Muslim Pilgrimages * Genghis Khan * Marco Polo * Ibn Battuta * Cheng Ho, the Grand Eunuch * The Renaissance Christopher Columbus * Vasco da Gama & Bartolomeu Diaz Lodovico da Varthema * Ferdinand Magellan * Herman Cortes * Francisco Pizarro * Francisco de Orellana Early Explorers of North America * Francis Drake * Samuel Champlain * Early Searches for the Northwest Passage * 17th and 18th Centuries Abel Tasman * Maria Sibylla Merlan * Ippolito Desideri * Vitus Bering * James Bruce * James Cook * Jean-Francois de Laperouse * Alexander Mackenzie * Mungo Park * 19th Century Alexander van Humboldt * Lewis & Clark's Expedition across America * Jean-Louis Buckhardt Darwin and the Beagle * The Trail of Tears * Journeys into the Mexican Jungle * Later Searchers for the Northwest Passage * Henrich Barth & the Central African Mission * Search for the Source of the Nile Crossing Australia * Into the Heart of Africa * The Mekong River Expedition * Travels in Arabia Deserts TheNortheastPassage*ThePunditsExploreTibet*ExploringCentral&EastAsia ModernTimes Journeys Across Asia * To the North Pole * The Race to the South Pole * Shackleton & the Endurance Women Travellers in Asia * Charles Lindbergh * Women Pioneers of Flight * The Long March * Thor Heyerdahl & Kon-Tiki * Scaling Everest * Single-Handed around the World * To the Moon & Back * Voyages to the Bottom of the Ocean * Round the World by Balloon * Into Outer Space: Mars, Jupiter & Beyond

Robin Hanbury-Tenison is a well-known explorer, author, film-maker, conservationist and campaigner. A veteran of over forty expeditions, he is a leading member of the Royal Geographical Society and Survival International. His books include The Great Explorers and Modern Explorers, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Reviews for The Great Journeys in History

Learned, brave and inspiring. What sets the book apart is the erudition and experience of its contributors.


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