Author: Robin Hanbury-TenisonISBN: 978-954-320-162-4
Out of print
Price: 80.00 lv
Marco Polo, Fernando Magellan, David Livingstone, Amelia Earhart, and Neil Armstrong: these are some of the greatest travelers in all time. The Seventy Great Journeys in History tells their story, as well as of many other travelers, describing the epic journeys of discovery and revealing the driving forces of the most courageous explorers. Starting from the amazing migration of our oldest predecessors from Africa to the world up to the latest space journeys, opening up before us is the entire history of exploratory traveling. In Antiquity we follow in the steps of Alexander the Great to Indus and of Hannibal across the Alps; during the Middle Ages we journey with the Muslim and Christian pilgrimages and follow in the wake of Genghis Khan and Ibn Batuta. The Renaissance brought Columbus to America and ushered in the round-the-world voyages. During the 17th and the 18th centuries Tasman, Bering and Cook filled in quite a few of the white spots on the map of the world, whereas during the 19th century journeys with scientific objectives started, the best known among which have probably been those of von Humboldt and Darwin. And finally, in our own times, the most inhospitable corners of the earth have been reached including the two poles and the highest peak in the world, and new elements have been mastered. Collected here have been human histories and great triumph and success, as well as horrifying hardships, tragedies and amazing courage in encountering the disasters rising on the way of human effort. Moreover, all the possible causes of travel have been presented: from migration to mysticism, from curiosity to conquests. Each one of these journeys has an impact, reverberating over the ages. With its hundreds of touching photos, maps and portraits, as well as the maps specially ordered for the publication, The Seventy Great Journeys in History is a book addressed to those admiring the life and personalities of the first, who had set out to study the unexplored and the unknown. Like no other work it revives romance and makes the reader sense the real thrill of traveling.
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