Into the Carpathians: A Journey Through the Heart and History of Central and Eastern Europe (Part 1: The Eastern Mountains) [Deluxe Color Edition]

Into the Carpathians: A Journey Through the Heart and History of Central and Eastern Europe (Part 1: The Eastern Mountains) [Deluxe Color Edition]

by Alan E. Sparks

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An engaging chronicle of a hiking and wildlife research expedition along the Carpathian and Sudety Mountains, from Romania to Germany, some 800 miles as the crow flies. (This volume, Part 1, covers the first half of the journey, through Romania and Ukraine.) On the trail of wolves, we are led deep into the misty hills, enchanting forests, and intriguing history of this fabled landscape, where encounters with wolves, bears, and lynx; werewolves, vampires, and witches; lumberjacks, shepherds, and outlaws; poets, tyrants, and saints; deities, demons, and sirens--and such ancient peoples as Proto-Indo-Europeans, Dacians, and Rus', and such imposing historical figures as Attila the Hun, Vlad the Impaler, and Volodymyr the Great--provide broad insight into the natural, historical, and mythological forces that have shaped, and continue to shape, the nations, cultures, and psyches along the way. 63 beautiful color photographs also emblaze this memorable trek. (This is the Deluxe Color Edition; we also offer a Black & White Edition at a lower price: see ISBN 978-1633932425.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633931534
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 12/10/2015
Edition description: Deluxe Color ed.
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 790,051
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Alan E. Sparks is the award-winning author of "Dreaming of Wolves" and "Into the Carpathians," and has written articles about wolves for International Wolf Magazine and other publications. As a writer, teacher of English as a second language, commercial actor, and web designer - and as an avid walker, hiker, backcountry skier, animal tracker, and student of history and culture - he has lived, worked, and trekked extensively in the Carpathian Mountain region of Central and Eastern Europe.

Table of Contents

Preface: A Journey Inspired by Wolves - 5 - Introduction - 9 - Romania - 13 - Ukraine - 125 - APPENDIX A: Geography, Subdivisions, and Nomenclatures of the Carpathian Mountains - 246 - APPENDIX B: The Geography of the Ancient Kingdom of Dacia - 252 - APPENDIX C: The Acts of Union Forming the Uniat/Greek Catholic Church of Eastern Europe - 254 - APPENDIX D: The Political History of Transcarpathia during the Twentieth Century: A Hundred Years, Seven States - 256 - APPENDIX E: An Ethnography of the Carpatho-Rusyns - 260 - APPENDIX F: The Slavic Homeland: In the Shadow of the Carpathians? - 268 - APPENDIX G: The Founding, the Life, the Zenith, and the Decline of Kievan Rus' - 271 - ABOUT THE AUTHOR - 277 - ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS - 278 - NOTES - 279 - BIBLIOGRAPHY - 332 - INDEX - 338 -

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