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A Ride to Khiva
Travels and Adventures in Central Asia

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

  • Date Published: December 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108037587

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  • It is 1875, the time of the 'Great Game', when the British and Russian Empires are vying for power in central Asia. A British officer rides for Khiva, a Russian city closed to European travellers. He is on a dangerous mission, to learn if Russia plans to invade India, the 'jewel in the crown' of the British Empire. It might be the plot of a Rudyard Kipling novel; instead it is the true story of Captain Frederick Burnaby (1842–85). Burnaby joined the British army in 1859, but in periods without active duty he crafted his own adventures. He ballooned across the English Channel, travelled in Spain and Russia, and was wounded, and eventually killed, fighting for Britain's empire. This account of his perilous journey to Khiva, published in 1876 and immediately reprinted, brought him instant fame. The book includes maps of the route he took and an appendix.

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    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108037587
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction
    1. Information about Khiva
    2. Waist-belt for gold
    3. The Volga frozen
    4. Railway officials
    5. Twenty degrees below zero
    6. A hole in the ice
    7. Pins-and-needles
    8. The guardian of the forests
    9. Delayed by a snowstorm
    10. Sleigh sickness
    11. The Ural Cossacks
    12. A supply of provisions
    13. A sheepskin suit
    14. A start with the courier
    15. Nomad tribes
    16. Kashgar
    17. Break-down of the sleigh
    18. An English engineer officer at Kasala
    19. Ablutions under difficulties
    20. A priest
    21. Water route from Kasala to Petro-Alexandrovsk
    22. Camels
    23. A lazy guide
    24. The guide's retaliation
    25. Disobedience of orders
    26. The Turkoman on his donkey
    27. Villages fortified
    28. The guide's kibitka
    29. The Oozek
    30. Oogentch
    31. The messenger
    32. Breakfast in Khiva
    33. The present Khan
    34. Departure from Khiva
    35. The meet
    36. The Tarantass
    37. The district governor
    38. An inquisitive inspector
    Appendices.

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