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

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

by Alan E. Sparks

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Into the Carpathians: A Journey Through the Heart and History of Central and Eastern Europe (Part 1: The Eastern Mountains) by Alan E. Sparks

A compelling chronicle of a hiking and wildlife research expedition along the length of the Carpathian Mountains, from Romania to Poland, some 1,700 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 dark forests, misty hills, and intriguing history of this fabled landscape, where encounters with wolves, bears, and lynx; werewolves, vampires, and witches; lumberjacks, shepherds, and recluses; poets, tyrants, and saints; deities, demons, and sirens; 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 cultures, nations, and psyches along the way. 63 beautiful color photographs also emblaze this memorable trek. (We also offer a Black & White edition at a lower list price: ISBN 978-1633932425.)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633931534
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 12/10/2015
Pages: 356
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. He has bachelor and master's degrees in physics and engineering from the University of Maine and Stanford University, and worked for over twenty years developing advance technologies for one of the world's leading R&D organizations, Bell Telephone Laboratories. A voracious reader and student of the natural and cultural histories of the places he visits, he has supplemented his indoor studies with training in mountaineering from the Colorado Mountain Club, mountain ski touring/expedition leadership from the National Outdoor Leadership School, and winter ecology/animal tracking from renowned animal tracker Dr. James Halfpenny of A Naturalist's World. As a teacher of English as a second language, commercial actor, and web designer - and as an avid walker, hiker, backcountry skier, and animal tracker - 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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