Tearing Up The Silk Road

Author: Tom Coote
Publisher: Garnet Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 1859643027
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Tearing Up The Silk Road. Tearing up the Silk Road is an irreverent travelogue that details a journey along the ancient trade routes from China to Istanbul, through Central Asia, Iran and the Caucasus. As Tom Coote struggles through the often arbitrary borders and bureaucracies of China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Armenia, Georgia and Turkey, it becomes apparent that the next generation will see themselves in a very different light to their predecessors. New forms of identity are emerging, founded more upon shared cultural preferences and aspirations, than on the remnants of tribal allegiance. While rushing through from East to West, Tom Coote meets, befriends and argues with an epic range of characters; from soldiers and monks to pilgrims, travellers and modern day silk-road traders. All are striving for something more and most dream of being somewhere else. By bus, train and battered car - through deserts, open plains and mountain ranges - Tom finds himself again and again at the front line of a desperate war for hearts and minds. Through rapidly expanding megacities, to ancient ruins, and far more recently created wastelands, it is the West that is winning the souls while the East grows ever stronger. The real clash of civilisations, however, seems set to be not between the East and the West, but between the few who have so much, and the masses now uniting to demand so much more.

Looking For China

Author: Judy Schultz
Publisher: Red Deer Press
Size: 42.18 MB
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Looking For China. Looking for China chronicles Judy Schultz's dream of traveling to exotic foreign lands and her encounters with the contemporary and historic realities of China. From the crowded farmhouse of a peasant in South China to the luxury and excesses of the China Orient Express, Judy Schultz confronts the diversity of Asian culture as a foreign woman traveling alone among 1.2 billion Chinese. As a feature writer specializing in food and travel for the Edmonton Journal, Schultz returns to Chinese Asia again and again, weaving her journey into a loving account of her travels down a silk road. Her work on this book earned her the prestigious Asia Pacific Fellowship for Journalism.

Voodoo Slaves And White Man S Graves

Author: Tom Coote
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781493669127
Size: 66.42 MB
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Voodoo Slaves And White Man S Graves. Crammed into battered buses and less than road worthy bush taxis, or hanging on to the back of a series of pollution spewing mopeds, Tom Coote journeys along the lush but disease ridden Slave Coast of West Africa and then up through the Saharan trade routes into the environmentally devastated dust lands of the Sahel. Travelling through Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali - some of the poorest and least developed countries in the world - we find ourselves amidst a battleground of 'end of days' ideologies. Dealing with such themes as freedom and slavery, the resurgence of superstition and its threat to rationality, the corporate colonisation of the unconscious, and the modern day construction of tradition, this irreverent travelogue will take you to places both magical and macabre.

The Last Secrets Of The Silk Road

Author: Alexandra Tolstoy
Publisher: Lyons Press
ISBN: 9781592282012
Size: 50.43 MB
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The Last Secrets Of The Silk Road. Takes readers along on the author's 1999 journey through Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and lands in Central Asia and China as she and three companions retrace more than 4,500 miles of the ancient Silk Road, describing the dangers, hardships, and extremes of the land, as well as the friendship that they built, during an extraordinary eight-month odyssey.

The Emperor Far Away

Author: David Eimer
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408813904
Size: 77.28 MB
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The Emperor Far Away. Far from the glittering cities of Beijing and Shanghai, China's borderlands are populated by around one hundred million people who are not Han Chinese. For many of these restive minorities, the old Chinese adage 'the mountains are high and the Emperor far away', meaning Beijing's grip on power is tenuous and its influence unwelcome, continues to resonate. Travelling through China's most distant and unknown reaches, David Eimer explores the increasingly tense relationship between the Han Chinese and the ethnic minorities. Deconstructing the myths represented by Beijing, Eimer reveals a shocking and fascinating picture of a China that is more of an empire than a country.