Exploring Central Asia 2 Volume Set Esther Fihl

ISBN: 9780295990002

Published: July 1st 2010

Hardcover

736 pages


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Exploring Central Asia 2 Volume Set  by  Esther Fihl

Exploring Central Asia 2 Volume Set by Esther Fihl
July 1st 2010 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 736 pages | ISBN: 9780295990002 | 7.79 Mb

In the 1890s, the Danish lieutenant Ole Olufsen set out to lead two expeditions to Tsarist Central Asia. Exploring areas that were still blank on European and Russian maps, the participants spent more than a year travelling on horseback in the pamirsMoreIn the 1890s, the Danish lieutenant Ole Olufsen set out to lead two expeditions to Tsarist Central Asia. Exploring areas that were still blank on European and Russian maps, the participants spent more than a year travelling on horseback in the pamirs and adjacent valleys bordering Afghanistan, China, and British India.

They lived with Kyrgyz nomads who carved out an existence for themselves above the tree line with their sheep, goats, and yaks. Travelling along the river Pandsh, they were the first Europeans to collect ethnographical information on the transhumant pastoralists in the elevated valleys bordering Afghanistan. Esther Fihl offers an in-depth study of these Danish expeditions and presents the magnificent collection of objects brought back to the National Museum of Denmark.

Drawing on diaries, reports, and published works and a scrutiny of the guiding principles for their collecting of objects, she demonstrates how these explorers portrayed the cultures encountered.This work is a treasure for anyone interested in Central Asia, early anthropological theory, material culture, or European travel literature.



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