ACROSS THE USSURI KRAY TRAVELS IN THE SIKHOTE ALIN MOUNTAINS

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Across The Ussuri Kray

Author : Vladimir K. Arsenyev
ISBN : 9780253022196
Genre : History
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In Russia’s Far East sits the wild Ussuri Kray, a region known for its remote highlands and rugged mountain passes where tigers and bears roam the cliffs, and salmon and lenok navigate the rivers. In this collection of travel writing by famed Russian explorer and naturalist Vladimir K. Arsenyev (1872-1930), readers are shuttled back to the turn of the 20th century when the Russian Empire was reeling from its defeat in the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and vulnerable to its Far Eastern neighbors. What began as an expedition to survey the region’s infrastructure for the Russian military turned into an adventure through a territory rich in ethnic and ecological diversity. Encountering the disappearing indigenous cultures of the Nanai and Udege, engaging the help of Korean farmers and Chinese hunters, and witnessing the beginning of indomitable Russian settlement, Arsenyev documents the lives and customs of the region’s inhabitants and their surroundings. Originally written as "a popular scientific description of the Kray," this unabridged edition includes photographs largely unseen for nearly a century and is annotated by Jonathan C. Slaght, a biologist working in the same forests Arsenyev explored. Across the Ussuri Kray is a classic of northeast Asian cultural and natural history.
Category: History

Siberia

Author : Anthony Haywood
ISBN : 9781908493361
Genre : Travel
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Before Russians crossed the Urals Mountains in the sixteenth century to settle their ‘colony’ in North Asia, they heard rumours about bountiful fur, of bizarre people without eyes who ate by shrugging their shoulders and of a land where trees exploded from cold. This region of frozen tundra, endless forest and humming steppe between the Urals and the Pacific Ocean was a vast, strange and frightening paradise. It was Siberia. Siberia is a cradle of civilizations, the birthplace of ancient Turkic empires and home to the cultures of indigenes, including peoples whose ancestors migrated to the Americas. It was a promised land to which bonded peasants could flee their cruel masters, yet also a ‘white hell’ across which exiles shuffled in felt shoes and chains. If in Stalin’s era Siberia became synonymous with the gulag, today it is a vast region of bustling metropolises and magnificent landscapes, a place where the humdrum, the beautiful and the bizarre ignite the imagination. Tracing the historical contours of Siberia, A. J. Haywood offers a detailed account of the architectural and cultural landmarks of cities such as Irkutsk, Tobolsk, Barnaul and Novosibirsk.
Category: Travel

Ainu

Author : William W. Fitzhugh
ISBN : UOM:39015050059487
Genre : Art
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As soon as the Ainu became known outside Japan in the early 1800s, scholars recognized that their history was different from that of surrounding Japanese, Korean, and Siberian peoples. This book presents a broad range of contemporary scholarship on Ainu studies by leading European, American, and Japanese scholars, and by native Ainu artists and cultural leaders. Using materials from early, unpublished Ainu collections in North America, supplemented by archaeological, archival, and modern Ainu art from Japan, Ainu culture is presented here as a rich blend of traditional and modern belief. Like other extant native cultures, the Ainu have survived by resisting political and economic pressure to assimilate. Although they have lost their northern lands and are confined largely to Hokkaido, their culture and language have recently received official recognition, in Japan and internationally. This book, jointly planned with scholars and the Ainu people, helps bring Ainu history, culture, and art into focus as a rich living tradition. William Fitzhugh is director of the Arctic Studies Center and curator of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Chisato O. Dubreuil, of native Ainu descent, is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Category: Art

The Consolations Of The Forest

Author : Sylvain Tesson
ISBN : 9780847841400
Genre : Nature
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A meditation on escaping the chaos of modern life and rediscovering the luxury of solitude. Winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction, The Consolations of the Forest is a Thoreau-esque quest to find solace, taken to the extreme. No stranger to inhospitable places, Sylvain Tesson exiles himself to a wooden cabin on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, a full day’s hike from any "neighbor," with his thoughts, his books, a couple of dogs, and many bottles of vodka for company. Writing from February to July, he shares his deep appreciation for the harsh but beautiful land, the resilient men and women who populate it, and the bizarre and tragic history that has given Siberia an almost mythological place in the imagination. Rich with observation, introspection, and the good humor necessary to laugh at his own folly, Tesson’s memoir is about the ultimate freedom of owning your own time. Only in the hands of a gifted storyteller can an experiment in isolation become an exceptional adventure accessible to all. By recording his impressions in the face of silence, his struggles in a hostile environment, his hopes, doubts, and moments of pure joy in communion with nature, Tesson makes a decidedly out-of-the-ordinary experience relatable. The awe and joy are contagious, and one comes away with the comforting knowledge that "as long as there is a cabin deep in the woods, nothing is completely lost."
Category: Nature

Great Soul Of Siberia

Author : Sooyong Park
ISBN : 9781771641142
Genre : Nature
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In The Great Soul of Siberia, renowned tiger researcher Sooyong Park tracks three generations of Siberian tigers living in remote southeastern Russia. Reminiscent of the way Timothy Treadwell (the so-called Grizzly Man) immersed himself in the lives of bears, Park sets up underground bunkers to observe the tigers, living thrillingly close to these beautiful but dangerous apex predators. At the same time, he draws from twenty years of experience and research to focus on the Siberian tigers’ losing battle against poaching and diminishing habitat. Over the two years of his harrowing stakeout, Park’s poignant and poetic observations of the tigers draw a fiercely compassionate portrait of these elusive, endangered creatures.
Category: Nature

Dersu The Trapper

Author : V. K. Arsen'ev
ISBN : 0929701496
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The essay and bibliography cover the essential information and controversies regarding the World War I battle that is credited as being a turning point in the war. The essay provides factual background, identifying major historiographical contentions, including the quality of British generalship, the use of technology, and the effectiveness of tactical planning. The alphabetically arranged bibliography consists of military history works related to Somme, but because aspects of strategy were influenced by politics some politically focused volumes have also been included. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Devil In History

Author : Vladimir Tismaneanu
ISBN : 9780520239722
Genre : History
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Offers an analysis of the relationship between communism and fascism. This title examines the ideological appeal of these radical, revolutionary political movements, the visions of salvation and revolution they pursued, the value and types of charisma of leaders within these political movements, and their legacies in contemporary politics.
Category: History

Dersu Uzala

Author : Vladimir Arsenyev
ISBN : 1410213471
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A memoir by Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev, covering his trips in 1902, 1906, and 1907 as the first European to explore remote portions of Siberia. Dersu Uzala was his native guide on these trips. The book describes their adventures deep in the wilderness. It is the source for the Kurosawa movie of the same name. A great story of exploration.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Explorer S Guide Acapulco A Great Destination

Author : Kevin Delgado
ISBN : 9781581578560
Genre : Travel
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Delve in-depth into Acapulco, Ixtapa, and Zihuatanejo. Explorer's Guide Acapulco provides thorough information on where to stay and eat and what to see and do as well as a primer on the rich history and culture of this diverse region. Also covered is Taxco, the oldest mining town in the Americas, where the region’s wealth of silver has been mined for centuries
Category: Travel

Ultimate High

Author : Göran Kropp
ISBN : UCSC:32106018298734
Genre : Travel
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A personal account of one man's determination to climb Mount Everest alone describes how the Swedish climber accomplished his goal, within days of the 1995 tragedy that took the lives of a number of fellow climbers
Category: Travel