Into the Carpathians: A Journey Through the Heart and History of East Central Europe (Part 2: The Western Mountains)

Into the Carpathians: A Journey Through the Heart and History of East Central Europe (Part 2: The Western Mountains)

by Alan E. Sparks

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The journey continues in Part 2 of Into the Carpathians: 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. Still on the trail of wolves, we now explore the enchanting mountain landscapes of Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic, where poignant encounters with wolves, bears, and lynx; lumberjacks, shepherds, and outlaws; poets, tyrants, and saints; sprites, spirits, and witches--and such ancient peoples as Neanderthals, Celts, and Quadi, and such imposing historical figures as Marcus Aurelius of the Roman Empire, Prince Svatopluk of Great Moravia, Stephen I of the Kingdom of Hungary, Bolesław the Brave of the Kingdom of Poland, and Jan Sobieski of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth--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. 72 color photographs also emblaze this memorable trek.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578705705
Publisher: Alan E. Sparks
Publication date: 08/18/2020
Edition description: Deluxe Color ed.
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 786,116
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.02(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 to Part 2

Preface to Part 1: A Journey Inspired by Wolves



Poland I

The Czech Republic

Poland II


Appendix A: Major Subdivisions and Nomenclatures of the Carpathian Mountains, the Carpathian Basin, and the Sudeten Mountains

Appendix B: A Brief History and the Legacy of Great Moravia

Appendix C: The Magyar Conquest of the Carpathian Basin: Fact and Fiction

Appendix D: White Croats: The Mystery Tribe of the Carpathians

Appendix E: A Brief History of (Eastern European) Galicia

Appendix F: The Four Revivals of Poland

Appendix G: A Brief History of The Polish Monarchy

Appendix H: The Foundation of The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and its Golden Liberties

Appendix I: What's in a Name? "Silesia," Ślęża, the Ślężanie, the Silingi, and the Vandals

Appendix J: A (Very) Brief History of The Lands of the Bohemian Crown

Appendix K: The Bohemian Reformation, the Bohemian Revolt, and the Thirty Years' War

Appendix L: The Polish Hussars




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