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Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St Petersburgh during the Late Russian Invasion of Khiva

Narrative of a Journey from Heraut to Khiva, Moscow, and St Petersburgh during the Late Russian Invasion of Khiva
With Some Account of the Court of Khiva and the Kingdom of Khaurism
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Travel, Middle East and Asia Minor

  • Date Published: October 2012
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108053976

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  • This two-volume travelogue recounts the diplomatic mission through Central Asia and Russia undertaken by James Abbott (1807–96) in 1839. An officer in the Bengal Artillery, Abbott first travelled to Central Asia in 1838 and was soon drawn into the 'Great Game' between Russia and Britain as they struggled for influence in the region. When Russia launched an expedition against Khiva in 1839, ostensibly to free Russian slaves, Abbott was sent there to advise the Khan and then travelled to Russia to initiate mediation. While the Russian slaves were freed by Abbott's successor, Abbott believed he had succeeded and published this account in 1843. The work includes anecdotes of his experiences and observations on the cultures and landscapes he encountered.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108053976
    • length: 848 pages
    • dimensions: 221 x 145 x 51 mm
    • weight: 1.071kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1. Preface
    Preliminary remarks
    1. Departure from Heraut
    2. The tent of plenty of the Yahmoot
    3. Jew merchants
    4. Reception at the house of an Oozbeg gentleman
    5. Excessive chill of the air at Kiva
    6. Second audience
    7. Third audience of the Khaun Huzurut
    8. Discussion of routes
    9. Delay in my mission
    10. Interview with the Mehtur
    11. Visit of an Afghan priest
    12. Report of the advance of the British arms
    13. The Ummeer of Bokhara's refusal to release Colonel Stoddart
    14. Departure of the Persian ambassador
    15. Departure from Khiva
    16. Visits from Toorcumuns
    17. Chase of the wild ass
    18. Rapacity of the guide
    19. Story of Hautim, the Arab
    20. Ferocity of Toorcumun horses
    21. Cliffs of shell sandstone
    22. The treacherous messenger
    23. A rencontre
    24. Hilarity of the young guide
    25. Capture of Maimood and Ali Muhummud
    26. Embarassment of Ahris Mhatoor
    27. Hopelessness of our predicament. Volume 2. 28. Uneasiness of the Kuzzauk brothers
    29. Yar Muhummud
    30. Route to Dahsh Gulla
    31. Departure for Dahsh Gulla
    32. Cossaq horsemen
    33. Description of Nuovo Alexandrofski
    34. Departure from Gorief
    35. Departure from Oorahlsk
    36. Ball room at Orenburgh
    37. Departure from Orenburgh
    38. General plan of Moscow
    39. Intolerance
    40. Nature of the beauty of St Petersburgh
    41. Maturer impressions of St Petersburgh
    42. Farther consideration of the position of Russia
    43. Use of the French tongue among the educated classes
    44. Review of the imperial guard at Krasno Celo
    45. Vesper hymn
    46. Posture of Russia
    47. Remarks on St Petersburgh
    48. Renewal of impressions
    49. Summud Kauniana
    50. London and St Petersburgh contrasted
    51. English dissociality
    52. Return to Calcutta

  • Author

    James Abbott

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