In Search of Nomads An English Obsession from Hester Stanhope to Bruce Chatwin For centuries settled peoples have contemplated nomads with fascination and envy or with disdain and fear Both Americans and the British have had an obsession with nomadic peoples stemming from the

  • Title: In Search of Nomads: An English Obsession from Hester Stanhope to Bruce Chatwin
  • Author: John Ure
  • ISBN: 9780786716500
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • For centuries, settled peoples have contemplated nomads with fascination and envy, or with disdain and fear Both Americans and the British have had an obsession with nomadic peoples, stemming from their own wanderlust and admiration for the unfettered life In Search of Nomads centers on four regions that are rich in nomadic culture the Arabian peninsula with its Bedouin,For centuries, settled peoples have contemplated nomads with fascination and envy, or with disdain and fear Both Americans and the British have had an obsession with nomadic peoples, stemming from their own wanderlust and admiration for the unfettered life In Search of Nomads centers on four regions that are rich in nomadic culture the Arabian peninsula with its Bedouin, the Sahara with its Moors and Tuareg, the mountain ranges of southern Iran with its migratory pastoral tribes, and the steppes of Central Asia with its Mongol horsemen and Tartar descendants Author John Ure has traveled with all of these peoples and provides a brief account of the special characteristics and history of each group However, one of the most appealing aspects of the book is the insight it provides into the often eccentric British and American observers who chose to seek out and travel with nomads Some were exiles from nineteenth century high society, some were footloose adventurers like T E Lawrence some were distinguished literary figures like Vita Sackville West, while others were notable scholars like Gertrude Bell In short, the visitors were often odder than the exotic peoples they visited, and John Ure brings both to life with skill and humor.

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    1. This is a book that covers a lot of ground, tells of the authors travel and interaction with nomads, but for the larger part, reports on other travellers and their interactions and travel with nomads.Divided into four books, it covers:1 The migratory tribes of southern Persia - the Bakhtiari & the Qashqui, and with travellers such as Sir Henry Layard, Isabella Bird, Gertrude Bell, Vita Sackville-West & Bruce Chatwin.2 The Bedouin of Arabia - featuring travellers Lady Hester Stanhope, Jan [...]

    2. All across the Middle East, Northern Africa, Iran and Asia there are or were countless tribes of nomads. In parts of North Africa, Arabia and Syria they were Bedouin. In North Africa you have the Tuaregs, Moors and Berbers. In Iran you have the Lurs, Quashkais and Bakhtairi. In Mongolia you have Kirgystan Turks, and Mongol. All through out the years various Europeans and Americans ventured into these nomadic terriritories. The view these Europeans had of these nomads was often times romanticized [...]

    3. In Search of NomadsBy John Ure4 starspp. 225According to the dictionary nomads are people who have no permanent abode and travel from place to place to find fresh pasture for their livestock and it seems we are intrigued with their unfettered way of life and have gone to great lengths to find out about them as John Ure documents in his book In Search of Nomads. Ure's work is a history of primarily English explorers who have searched for nomads through the ages in four parts of the world. He exam [...]

    4. The book is interesting, but for readers of other travelogues based on Middle Eastern travels, it will seem like you read it too late. For those who haven't read them, this is a good start. It includes descriptions of various Westerners and their motivations for traveling throughout the Middle East. It left me, personally, wanting more. But no matter. It has provided me names and places for further research and more in-depth reading, as well as the books these Westerners wrote - I know I'll enjo [...]

    5. A nice, witty overview of eccentric Brits and Americans and the nomads they have pursued. Divided into five parts we meet the nomads of Iran, Arabian Peninsula, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and the Sahara. The author seems to fit the mold of the people he writes about (eccentric Brits) having gone on his honeymoon in the company of a tribe of nomads while he was a diplomat. He's also been knighted so he has some gravitas. The book refers you to even more great books by some of the explorers and it end [...]

    6. A decent book exposing nomads and the explorers who followed after them. To be honest if you took out the quirky idioms of the traveler/explorers the book would not be much of a read. It's central stage is set in the Stans and N. Africa.

    7. A book, the reading of which is a rich rewarding experience as it provides a painstakingly gathered and vivid account of some of the last free souls on the planet, as well as those who had the privilege to spend some time with them

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