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    A memoir of India and Avghanistaun, with observations on the present exciting and critical state and future prospects of those countries ...
    Memoir of India and Afghanistan
    Josiah Harlan (1799-1871) was an adventurer and soldier of fortune who possibly was the first American to travel to Afghanistan. Born in Pennsylvania into a large Quaker family, he went to Asia in 1823, where he found employment as a surgeon with the British East India Company. In 1827 he entered the service of Shah Shooja-ool-Moolk, the former leader of Afghanistan who had been...
    • Contributor: Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress) - Harlan, Josiah
    • Date: 1842
    • Resource: - 238 pages
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    Klondike : the Chicago record's book for gold seekers. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 began in earnest within 18 months of a major gold strike on Bonanza Creek, a tributary of the Klondike River near Dawson City, Canada. Tens of thousands of prospectors from around the world streamed north to Alaska and the Yukon in a feverish search for fortune. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers was rushed into print...
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    Arabia; the cradle of Islam; Samuel Zwemer (1867-1952) was an American Protestant missionary who lived for nine years in Bahrain and became a student of the Arab world and, especially, the Arabian Peninsula. Published in New York in 1900, Arabia: The Cradle of Islam contains detailed chapters on the geography of Arabia; the holy cities of Mecca and Medina; the Prophet Muhammad and the rise of Islam; the contemporary...
    • Contributor: Zwemer, Samuel Marinus
    • Date: 1900
    • Resource: - 510 pages
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    Doing my bit for Ireland, Margaret Skinnider (circa 1893-1971) was born in Scotland to Irish parents. She trained as a teacher and taught mathematics in Glasgow, Scotland, before resigning her position to go to Dublin to take part in the Easter Rising of April 1916. Skinnider's Doing My Bit for Ireland, published in the United States in 1917, is her account of her revolutionary activities in 1915 and 1916....
    • Contributor: Skinnider, Margaret
    • Date: 1917
    • Resource: - 286 pages
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    Panama and the canal in picture and prose ... Published in 1913, Panama and the Canal in Picture and Prose is a comprehensive overview of Panama and the Panama Canal in the year before it was opened to commerce. Organized in 20 chapters, the book begins with an introductory chapter about Jamaica, "the front door to Panama." Chapters two through six give an overview of the history and geography of Panama. Chapter 15...
    • Contributor: Abbot, Willis John
    • Date: 1913
    • Resource: - 468 pages
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    Travels in Arabia, Travels in Arabia provides an overview, intended for a general audience, of the most important European travelers to Arabia in the 18th and 19th centuries. The book was compiled and written by Bayard Taylor (1825-78), an American poet, translator, and travel writer, and first published in 1872. Shown here is a slightly revised and updated edition, published in 1892. Following brief introductory chapters about...
    • Contributor: Taylor, Bayard - Stevens, Thomas
    • Date: 1892
    • Resource: - 338 pages
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    The strangling of Persia; a story of the European diplomacy and oriental intrigue that resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans, a personal narrative, William Morgan Shuster (1877-1960) was an American lawyer and financial expert who served as treasurer general to the government of the Persian Empire in 1911. In 1910, the Persian government asked U.S. president William Howard Taft for technical assistance in reorganizing its financial system. Taft chose Shuster to head a mission of American experts to Tehran. The Strangling of Persia is Shuster's account of...
    • Contributor: Shuster, W. Morgan (William Morgan)
    • Date: 1912
    • Resource: - 502 pages
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    Afghanistan, Angus Hamilton was a British journalist who reported for a number of newspapers and journals between 1894 and 1912. Among the events he covered were the Boer War in South Africa, the Boxer uprising in China, and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5. Like most books of this period, Afghanistan approaches its subject through the prism of the rivalry between Great Britain and Russia for...
    • Contributor: Hamilton, A. (Angus)
    • Date: 1910
    • Resource: - 356 pages
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    A voyage round the world : including an embassy to Muscat and Siam in 1835, 1836, and 1837 In 1832, U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a "special agent of the government," empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe. In the...
    • Contributor: Ruschenberger, W. S. W. (William Samuel Waithman) - Joseph Meredith Toner Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1838
    • Resource: - 568 pages
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    'Ventures among the Arabs in desert, tent and town; thirteen years of pioneer missionary life with the Ishma-elites of Moab, Edom and Arabia, Archibald Forder was an American missionary, born in 1863, who worked for 13 years in the Middle East, primarily in Al-Karak in Palestine, at that time part of the Ottoman Empire. 'Ventures among the Arabs is Forder's account of his work and travels in the region. Chapter 12 contains a summary overview of Arabia, with brief treatments of the geography, principal cities, government structures,...
    • Contributor: Forder, Archibald
    • Date: 1905
    • Resource: - 386 pages
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    Annals of 'Oman, Annals of Oman to 1728 is a translation into English of the portions dealing with the history of Oman of a much longer work on Islamic history by Sihan ibn Saʻid al-Izkiwi entitled Kashf al-ghummah al-jāmiʻ li-akhbār al-ummah (Removing consternation: Compilation of the history of the nation). The work in its entirety covers seven volumes in the published edition. The translator is Charles Edward...
    • Contributor: Sirḥān Ibn Saʻīd Ibn Sirḥān. - Ross, Edward Charles
    • Date: 1874
    • Resource: - 125 pages
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    Arabia. Josiah Conder (1789-1855) was a British publisher and author who wrote or compiled 33 volumes of travel literature about nearly every region of the world, including the Middle East. Conder himself never traveled abroad and composed his works by drawing upon the writings of earlier scholars and explorers. As indicated in the subtitle, Conder organized his book on Arabia into sections. He begins by...
    • Contributor: Conder, Josiah
    • Date: 1833
    • Resource: - 380 pages
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    The cradle of the war, The Cradle of the War: The Near East and Pan-Germanism is a study of the origins of World War I. The author, Henry Charles Woods (1881-1939), argues that the main cause of the conflict was "the Pan-German desire for domination from Hamburg to the Persian Gulf." The book offers an overview of political and military developments in the Near East (defined as the Balkan...
    • Contributor: Woods, Henry Charles
    • Date: 1918
    • Resource: - 432 pages
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    Through the Brazilian wilderness After failing to win a third term in the elections of 1912, former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt planned a speaking trip to Argentina and Brazil and a cruise up the Amazon. The government of Brazil suggested that Roosevelt join the famous Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon in an expedition down the recently discovered River of Doubt. Roosevelt accepted the invitation and, accompanied by his son...
    • Contributor: Roosevelt, Theodore
    • Date: 1914
    • Resource: - 516 pages
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    The countries and tribes of the Persian Gulf. The Countries and Tribes of the Persian Gulf is a collection of the notes of S.B. Miles, longtime British official in the Persian Gulf generally and Oman in particular. They were compiled and published posthumously, first in 1919, and reprinted several times later. This account of Oman's political history is still widely consulted and quoted. Miles covers pre-Islamic history, pointing out that from the...
    • Contributor: Miles, Samuel Barrett
    • Date: 1919
    • Resource: - 671 pages
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    Central Asian questions; Demetrius Charles Boulger (1853-1928) was a British orientalist who wrote prolifically on topics mainly related to the British Empire. With Sir Lepel Henry Griffin (1840-1908), a British administrator in India, he co-founded the Asiatic Quarterly Review, which he edited for a time. An unapologetic imperialist with strongly anti-Russian views, Boulger criticized the British government for its lack of assertiveness, as he saw it, in...
    • Contributor: Boulger, Demetrius Charles
    • Date: 1885
    • Resource: - 481 pages
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    History of Seyd Said, sultan of Muscat; together with an account of the countries and people on the shores of the Persian gulf, particularly of the Wahabees. History of Seyd Said, Sultan of Muscat is the account by Italian traveler Vincenzo Maurizi of his residence in the Sultanate of Oman in the early 19th century. Maurizi's entertaining and informative narrative is recognized as the first European book devoted entirely to Oman. Using the writings of Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) for historical background, the author bases his account on observations made in Oman...
    • Contributor: Maurizi, Vincenzo
    • Date: 1819
    • Resource: - 200 pages
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    Problems of the Middle East,
    • Contributor: Hamilton, A. (Angus)
    • Date: 1909
    • Resource: - 522 pages
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    Descriptive sociology;
    • Contributor: Spencer, Herbert
    • Date: 187?
    • Resource: - 94 pages
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    The Arab of Mesopotamia. "A series of brief essays on subjects relating to Mesopotamia, written during 1916, by persons with special knowledge of the subjects dealt with."--Pref. "Asiatic Turkey, by Gertrude Lowthian Bell": p. [101]-202.
    • Contributor: Bell, Gertrude Lowthian
    • Date: 1917
    • Resource: - 220 pages
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    England's effort, six letters to an American friend,
    • Contributor: Ward, Humphry
    • Date: 1916
    • Resource: - 264 pages
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    Through the heart of Asia: over the Pamïr to India.
    • Contributor: Bonvalot, Gabriel - Pitman, C.
    • Date: 1889