Mongolia: Travels in the Untamed Land

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For seventy years Mongolia was all but closed to the west - a forbidden country, shrouded in darkness. Jasper Becker had long dreamed of exploring the sweeping land that lay just beyond China’s Great Wall and when communism disintegrated, he finally did. Setting out from Kublai Khan’s capital, Beijing, Becker was one of the first westerners to cross the border. Tracing the course of the Yellow River, he ventured deep into the heart of Mongolia, witnessing the birth of one of the world’s youngest democracies as ...

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Overview

For seventy years Mongolia was all but closed to the west - a forbidden country, shrouded in darkness. Jasper Becker had long dreamed of exploring the sweeping land that lay just beyond China’s Great Wall and when communism disintegrated, he finally did. Setting out from Kublai Khan’s capital, Beijing, Becker was one of the first westerners to cross the border. Tracing the course of the Yellow River, he ventured deep into the heart of Mongolia, witnessing the birth of one of the world’s youngest democracies as well as the deep and tragic impact of the rules of Mao and Stalin on the Mongolian people.

Unravelling the history of Mongolia which had for so long been obscured and distorted, Becker traces the rise and fall of the Mongols who emerged from the steppes to forge one of the greatest and most feared empires of all time under Genghis Khan and his successors; he examines the shattering, divisive years of communist rule and explores present-day Mongolia, where poverty and the encroachments of westernisation cause as much damage. He goes in search of the fragile remnants of Buddhism and shamanism; visits Tuva - the lost world of Central Asia - and searches for the tomb of Genghis Khan which has been guarded and hidden by the same family for generations. Listening to the pulse of Central Asian history, Becker adorns his narrative with the stories of past travellers, tyrannical rulers, nomads, monks, missionaries, Russian officials, Mongolian activists and the memories of everyday people to paint a moving and enlightening portrait of Mongolia, a country that against all the odds has survived since the days of Genghis Khan and continues to beat to its own rhythm.

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‘Detailed ... wide-ranging ... excellent' Daily Telegraph

‘Jasper Becker's book is particularly valuable because it gives sketches not only of Mongolia proper, but of the neighbouring Russian autonomous republics of Buryatia and Tuva. He successfully bridges the gap between travel, reportage and history.' The Times

‘There is a mini-boom in Mongolia books and the pick of the crop is by Jasper Becker … This enthralling book, part travel literature, part reportage, is also the quest for an answer to a riddle: how could the Mongol nation flourish so excessively then vanish?’ The Guardian

‘..explores Mongolia with spontaneity and imagination … Mr Becker has a fresh eye that makes his mix of history and reportage both entertaining and authoritative...Fascinating.' The Independent

‘Lamas, nuns, politicians and scientists have compelling stories of murder, genocide and cultural destruction to tell. Their accounts are interspersed with excellent travellers' tales, and Becker's own trips … His account of Marshal Choibalsan's terror is an especially valuable piece of historical reconstruction.' Times Literary Supplement

‘He amazes and entertains … His description of life among the camel herds of South Gobi province is particularly evocative.' Far Eastern Economic Review

‘As an introduction to Mongolia, it could hardly be bettered…a compassionate portrait of an abused and neglected people, wonderfully diverse and full of surprises.' Hampstead & Highgate Express

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845116491
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jasper Becker has worked as a foreign correspondent for 20 years. He has written several award-winning books including: Hungry Ghosts, The Chinese, Rogue Regime, Dragon Rising and most recently A Farewell to Peking. He lives and works in Beijing.

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Table of Contents

Preface

• A Note on the Spelling of Names

• Peking

• Ulan Bator, May 1989

• The Mad Baron

• Choibalsan and the Years of Terror

• A Form of Lobotomy

• Buddhism

• The Shamans

• In Search of Genghis Khan

• Hunting Dinosaurs in the Gobi

• Buryatia

• Tuva – Among the People of the Far Forest

• Leningrad

• Bibliography *

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