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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

Sir Alexander Burnes



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Cambridge University Press
31 July 2014
Asian history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Historical geography; Classic travel writing
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 1 describes the journey to Bukhara, through Afghanistan into barely explored territory. Burnes continued his diplomatic activities in Afghanistan, but was murdered there by a mob in 1841.
By:   Sir Alexander Burnes
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Volume 2
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   490g
ISBN:   9781108075466
ISBN 10:   1108075460
Series:   Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century
Pages:   388
Publication Date:   31 July 2014
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface; 1. Lahore; 2. Across the Punjab to the Indus; 3. Peshawur; 4. Journey to Cabool; 5. Cabool; 6. Journey over the Hindoo Koosh, or Snowy Mountains; 7. Serious difficulties; 8. Balkh, and journey to Bokhara; 9. Bokhara; 10. Bokhara (cont.); 11. Detention in the kingdom of Bokhara.

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