Tajikistan And The High Pamirs


Fringed by the two great rivers of Central Asia, the Oxus and the Jaxartes, Tajikistan can boast not only of breathtaking mountain scenery, but also of 3,000 years of history. The land where Alexander the Great fought desperately against the Scythian nomads, his most formidable adversaries, Tajikistan is an ancient cradle of Persian culture. Originally, it was the home of the Sogdians, the famous trading peoples of the Silk Road; eventually this country was at the heart of the 19th century “Great Game”, a place of contention for the adventurers and spies of Britain and Imperial Russia. Now recovering from the misfortunes of the 20th century—the travails of Soviet rule and several years of civil war—it is able to offer visitors not only its legacies of cultural and ethnic diversity, but also unparalleled opportunities for adventure.

Author: Robert Middleton, Huw Thomas
Edited By: Monica Whitlock, Markus Hauser
ISBN: 9789622177734
Binding: Paperback, 706, Pages
Published Year: 2008
Language: English

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• Vital insight into a crucially positioned nation
• Dushanbe, Central Asia’s friendliest capital city
• Mountaineering and trekking on the roof of the world
• Historical insights into explorers and travelers of the ancient Silk Road
• Culture, music and ethnic traditions
• Essays on wildlife, botany, geology and archeology including a contribution by Dr George Schaller
• Published to appeal to the armchair traveler as well as the intrepid visitor
• Comprehensive introduction to “one of the world’s best-kept secrets”
• Exceptional cartography
• 209 color photos, 17 maps & drawings

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Weight 1.46 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 15.9 × 3.5 cm