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Passage East
     

Passage East

by Ian Marshall, John Maxtone-Graham (Editor)
 
In 1814 the first shipment of cotton piece goods left Lancashire, England, for Calcutta, India, fully opening the eyes of the West to the riches of Eastern culture. Over the course of a century, a tremendous commerce opened between East and West, carried on the decks and in the holds of great sailing ships, which would be replaced by steam-powered vessels. The

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In 1814 the first shipment of cotton piece goods left Lancashire, England, for Calcutta, India, fully opening the eyes of the West to the riches of Eastern culture. Over the course of a century, a tremendous commerce opened between East and West, carried on the decks and in the holds of great sailing ships, which would be replaced by steam-powered vessels. The six-month voyage around the Cape of Good Hope, Africa, gave way to a quicker and less perilous route through the Suez Canal in 1869.

Camel trains, railroads, and ships kept the lifelines of the British Empire open. This book brings to life this remarkable era of passenger, cargo, and mail travel between Europe and the Middle East, India, and the Far East. John Maxtone-Graham has devoted his writing largely to social and maritime life on the North Atlantic. His first book, The Only Way to Cross, is still in print more than 20 years after its release in 1972. Ian Marshall's work has been shown at the Navy Museum, Washington, DC; the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth, England; and the Imperial War Museum.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Kennedy
. . .[B]oth an artistic and a historical tribute to . . . the outward passage of large numbers of Britons. . .from London to India, and return of the same, perhaps years later. . . .The photographs and Marshall's own sketches are carefully and intelligently mixed with the text of this entertaining work.
The New York Times Book Review
Fred M. Walker,
In Passage East Ian Marshall has prepared a sumptuous volume. It pleases the eye, it stimulates the imagination and, above all, it disseminates accurate information in an unusual way.
Fred M. Walker, The Mariner's Mirror
New York Times Book Review
Passage East is a work of superb artistry and scholarship that illuminates one of the fascinating aspects of intercultural traffic during the past century . . . A beautifully captured commentary on part of our disappearing century.
New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574270693
Publisher:
Howell Press
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
12.11(w) x 10.08(h) x 0.76(d)

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