ALEXANDER BURNES TRAVELS INTO BOKHARA PDF

Shelves: history British spies,two hundred years ago,were willing to travel anywhere,and everywhere,to expand the frontiers of their empire. Eventually,however,he ventured forth into Afghanistan once more and paid with his life. The book provided an insightful overview of 19th century British India and the Middle East, which was educational. The latter was much more interesting, with lots of brushes Accounts of a British spy employed by the East India Co, to travel through India and the Middle East. The latter was much more interesting, with lots of brushes with slave traders and lawless "Wild Wild West" type societies.

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Shelves: history British spies,two hundred years ago,were willing to travel anywhere,and everywhere,to expand the frontiers of their empire. Eventually,however,he ventured forth into Afghanistan once more and paid with his life. The book provided an insightful overview of 19th century British India and the Middle East, which was educational.

The latter was much more interesting, with lots of brushes Accounts of a British spy employed by the East India Co, to travel through India and the Middle East. The latter was much more interesting, with lots of brushes with slave traders and lawless "Wild Wild West" type societies.

It reads more like a stale thesis by a sociologist. An under-cover British agent on an intelligence gathering mission in thes, giving his first-hand account. A spectacular success with a very sorry end. Altogether fascinating! For anyone who has worked or travelled in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan this is a gem. He traveled in disguise as far as locals were concerned, but identified himself to local officials as a British officer to be sure he wasnt accused of spying.

Along the way he took note of roads, topology, climate etc. Several years later, Barnes was killed by a mob in Afghanistan as part of the first war there. Anyway, this Burnes was an officer in the British Indian army and in made a trip from India, through the Punjab, into Afghanistan and up to Bukhara.

Anyway, this is a most engaging read. He describes the landscape, rivers, cities, and people along the way. He observed that people in desert Bukhara always drink water with ice, which they warehouse from the harsh winter. There is a lot of discussion of slave selling; Persian Shia and Russian infidels being the top sellers. Except for being held captive, the slaves he talks with say they are generally well treated, as long as they at least pretend to be Sunni Moslems.

Barnes and his party spend a lot of time as guest of various potentates. I loved this short book. He was knighted by Queen Victoria for his clandestine services in those tempestuous times.

Here is his detailed record of a trail-blazing journey across Afghanistan and beyond, which he later published as "Travels into Bokhara - A Voyage up the Indus to Lahore and a A twenty-six-year-old British adventurer, multi-lingual Alexander Burnes explored and spied for the British East India Company and, ultimate, the Crown.

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Alexander Burnes

Early life[ edit ] Burnes was born in Montrose , Scotland, to the son of the local provost , [1] who was first cousin to the poet Robert Burns. Transferred to Kutch in as assistant to the political agent, he took an interest in the history and geography of north-western India and the adjacent countries, which had not yet been thoroughly explored by the British, then he went to Afghanistan. Exploration[ edit ] Afghanistan, one of the most remote and impoverished kingdoms in the world, found itself sandwiched between the rival British and Russian empires. British control in India made the Russians suspect an intention to move northwards through Afghanistan; conversely, the British feared that India was sought by Russia. Sensing the two empires would collide in Afghanistan, the British Government needed intelligence and dispatched Burnes to get it.

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