The Golden Peaches Of Samarkand by Edward H. Schafer


Genre : History
Editor : Pickle Partners Publishing
Release : 2016-10-21
ISBN-13 : 9781787201125
Hardcover : 619 Pages


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In the seventh century the kingdom of Samarkand sent formal gifts of fancy yellow peaches, large as goose eggs and with a color like gold, to the Chinese court at Ch’ang-an. What kind of fruit these golden peaches really were cannot now be guessed, but they have the glamour of mystery, and they symbolize all the exotic things longed for, and unknown things hoped for, by the people of the T’ang empire. This book examines the exotics imported into China during the T’ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907), and depicts their influence on Chinese life. Into the land during the three centuries of T’ang came the natives of almost every nation of Asia, all bringing exotic wares either as gifts or as goods to be sold. Ivory, rare woods, drugs, diamonds, magicians, dancing girls—the author covers all classes of unusual imports, their places of origin, their lore, their effect on costume, dwellings, diet, and on painting, sculpture, music, and poetry. This book is not a statistical record of commercial imports and medieval trade, but rather a “humanistic essay, however material its subject matter.” “The most essential thing the reviewer can say about this book is, ‘Read it!’ It is probably the most informative, most scholarly, and most delightfully written book on China that has appeared in our time. It is a heartening reminder that scholars still have an interest in studying history in terms of people, in examining people’s intimate reactions to the little human things that occupied their daily lives.”—Jour. of Asian Studies “A pure delight....Scarcely any aspect of T’ang life is omitted, so that bit by bit Mr. Schafer builds up a reasonably complete picture of an entire civilization. Mr· Schafer writes with urbanity and wit.”—Sat. Rev. “A fascinating survey of T’ang culture as reflected in the use and demand for exotica....Rarely has the reviewer come upon a book so enjoyable and informative·”—Jour. of the American Oriental Society.

Samarkand by Amin Maalouf


Genre : Fiction
Editor : Interlink Books
Release : 1998
ISBN-13 : 1566562937
Hardcover : 304 Pages


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The life of Omar Khayyam, the 11th Century Persian poet who wrote The Rubaiyaat, chronicling his adventures and romances. The novel is in two parts, the second describing the manner in which the manuscript reached the West.

Russian Rule In Samarkand 1868 1910 by Alexander Morrison


Genre : History
Editor : OUP Oxford
Release : 2008-09-11
ISBN-13 : 9780191563171
Hardcover : 396 Pages


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Russian Rule in Samarkand examines the structures, personnel, and ideologies of Russian imperialism in Turkestan, taking Samarkand and the surrounding region as a case-study. The creation of a colonial administration in Central Asia presented Russia with similar problems to those faced by the British in India, but different approaches to governance meant that the two regimes often stood in stark contrast to one another. While the Russian administration was characterised by corruption and inefficiency, British rule in India was often more violent, and its subjects much more heavily taxed. Opening with the background to the political situation in Central Asia and a narrative of the Russian conquest itself, the book moves on to analyse official attitudes to Islam and to pre-colonial elites, and the earliest attempts to establish a functioning system of revenue collection. Uncovering the religious and ethnic composition of the military bureaucracy, and the social background, education and training of its personnel, Alexander Morrison assesses the competence of these officers vis-à-vis their Anglo-Indian counterparts. Subsequent chapters look at the role of the so-called 'native administration' in governing the countryside and collecting taxes, the attempt to administer the complex systems of irrigation leading from the Zarafshan and Syr-Darya rivers, and the nature and functions of the Islamic judiciary under colonial rule. Based on extensive archival research in Russia, India, and Uzbekistan, and containing much rare source material translated from the original Russian, Russian Rule in Samarkand will be of interest to all those interested in the history of the Russian Empire and European Imperialism more generally.

To Samarkand And Back by Roma Gelblum-Bross


Genre : Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Editor : Westmount, Quebec : Roma Bross Reg'd
Release : 1992
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105122945962
Hardcover : 152 Pages


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Samarkand by Kate Clanchy


Genre : Poetry
Editor : Pan Macmillan
Release : 2011-09-23
ISBN-13 : 9781447210290
Hardcover : 80 Pages


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Few first collections in recent years have made the impact of Kate Clanchy’s award-winning Slattern, which gained her a reputation as a poet of great immediacy and wit. In this new book her range is extended dramatically. Samarkand is both a darker and a more sunlit collection than its predecessor. Inside, the reader will find surreal elegies; love poems of every humour; grim episodes from colonial history and meditations on home and distance as well as some practical advice on having sex with angels – all delivered with the effortless musicality of phrase and formal panache that are fast becoming Clanchy’s trademarks.

Murder In Samarkand by Craig Murray


Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Editor : Random House
Release : 2013-05-24
ISBN-13 : 9781780578262
Hardcover : 416 Pages


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When Craig Murray arrived in Uzbekistan to take up his post in 2002, he was a young ambassador with a brilliant career and a taste for whisky and women. But after hearing accounts of dissident prisoners being boiled to death and innocent people being raped and murdered by agents of the state, he started to question both his role and that of his country in so-called 'democratising' states. Following his discovery that the British government was accepting information obtained under torture, Murray could no longer maintain a diplomatic silence. When he voiced his outrage, Washington and 10 Downing Street decided he had to go. But Uzbekistan had changed the high-living diplomat and there was no way he was going to go quietly. In this candid and at times shocking memoir, Murray lays bare the dark and dirty underside of the War on Terror.


Genre : Juvenile Fiction
Editor : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release : 2011-12-13
ISBN-13 : 9781423141464
Hardcover : 480 Pages


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Nathaniel is a magician's apprentice, taking his first lessons in the arts of magic. But when a devious hot-shot wizard named Simon Lovelace ruthlessly humiliates Nathaniel in front of his elders, Nathaniel decides to kick up his education a few notches and show Lovelace who's boss. With revenge on his mind, he summons the powerful djinni, Bartimaeus. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder, and rebellion. Includes a preview chapter from The Golem's Eye, the second book in the series!


Genre : Religion
Editor : Oxford University Press
Release : 2006-07-20
ISBN-13 : 0195160916
Hardcover : 291 Pages


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A noted archaeologist and popular writer offers an engaging historical account of the enduring love of ancient architecture--the irresistible impulse to visit strange lands in search of lost cities and forgotten monuments.

Samarkand by Caroline Eden


Genre : COOKING
Editor : Kyle Books
Release : 2016-06-09
ISBN-13 : 0857833278
Hardcover : 224 Pages


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Over hundreds of years, various ethnic groups have passed through this city, sharing and influencing each other's cuisine and leaving their culinary stamp. Samarkand is a love letter to Central Asia and the Caucasus, containing travel essays, beautiful photography and recipes that are little known in the West that have been expertly adapted for the home cook. There is an introduction to the region (explaining the ethnic groups Uzbeks, Tajiks, Russian, Turkis, Koryo-Saram, Jewish, Caucasus, Afghan) with a useful pantry of essential ingredients, followed by an array of delicious dishes. These include Lamb Kebabs with Cinnamon, Cloves & Hot Hummus, Pumpkin Stuffed with Spiced Chickpeas, Sour Cherries & Rice, Pomegranate & Vodka Sorbet and the all-important breads of the region non, flatbreads and pides.


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Editor : Doris Leslie Blau
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