One of the secret service’s first foreign agents – before MI6 was established – was Arminius Vambery, professor of oriental languages at the. Vambéry, Arminius () Hungarian historian and world traveler who may have communicated to author Bram Stoker  the facts and legends. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Árminius Vambéry, his life and adventures, by Árminius Vambéry This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and.
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Arminius Vambery: His Life and Adventures (1886)
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Return to Book Page. His Life and Adventures. With Portrait and 14 Illustrations. Square Imperial 16mo, cloth extra, 6s. In both vqmbery it deserves to be spoken of as a work of great interest zrminius of considerable merit. Hardcoverpages. Published June 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Anyone with an interest in travelling writing. Earlier on as a kid, he realized he had a knack for languages. After teaching himself German and Slavonic, he went on to learn Turkish after a lengthy stay in Istanbul. During his stay in Turkey, he became tutor of many people to make a living.
Earning him access to the most influential sectors of the Turkish society in the process. He became increasingly lured by the then mysterious and unknown lands of Central Asia. Evocative names such as Bokhara, Khiva or Samarkand resonated heavily in his imagination. After mastering the Turkish language he resolved to travel across Turkey, Persia and the various Khanates in Central Asia.
With the help of few letters of recommendation and a stamp from the Ottoman Sultan, he traversed Iran. However, from Iran onwards he had to rely on his on ability, cunning and language skills to go unnoticed and unmolested.
As the lawless lands of the Turkoman Khanates were plagued with enslavers at the time, and they did not heed any foreign authority.
His exploits earned him the praise and recognition from many Western countries. Especially in Britain, where he was highly welcome, chiefly because of the intelligence he could provide about the Russian influence in the lands he visited.
It should be noticed he travelled at the height of the Great Game, and any piece of information the Britons could gather from those distant countries was highly valuable at the time. His main focus was on the endless conflict between Sunnites and Shias, cultural differences between Persians and Turkomans, and the many dialects spoken in the countries he visited.
As many other books of this period, when you read it you can sense this journey belongs to what was an end of an era. The era of camel caravans. The era of travelling on old commercial routes dating back from the legendary Silk Road times. When a person with a hunger for adventure, real adventure, could pursue it.
The book is highly readable, the narrative being clear and concise. I found it to be quite entertaining. I would highly recommend it to people with an interest in travelling writing in generaland Central Asia in particular.
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A fantastic travelogue by Armin Vambery. A personal account of his travels to the Ottoman empire, Persia, Khanate of Khiva, Emirate of Bukhara and Afghanistan in the ss.
While the industrial revolution was in full swing in parts of Europe, dramatically altering afminius ways of life, people in central Asia armimius much lived the same way in as their ancestors did when Genghis Khan and his men walked the earth. The central Asian kingdoms were still independent at the time of Vambery’s visit A fantastic travelogue by Armin Vambery. The central Asian kingdoms were still independent at the time of Vambery’s visit although Russia would subjugate them a few arimnius laterand his travels provides a insightful, humorous, and at times dramatic look into a society that was nearly untouched by modernity.
Pretending to be a dervish, and as a master in Turkish and several other languages Vambert gets an exclusive and authentic tour – that no other European cultured man could’ve hoped for – into this secluded part of the world.
The e-book can be found for free online since the copyrights have expired a long time ago, and I would highly recommend it! Jan 30, Adam Deverell rated it really liked it.
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One of the great travel adventures. It’s an unbelievable journey. Bandits, disease, tyrants, desert and scorpions all try their best to kill him. It’s a ruthless world too. The most vivid scene is the eldery prisoners of war who are blinded en-masse by a strike of the dagger, left to wander the cit One of the great travel adventures.
The vsmbery vivid scene is the eldery prisoners of war who are blinded en-masse by a strike of the dagger, left to wander the city pitfully wailing.
Vambery saw scenes of great cruelty, but also meets fellow travellers who become dedicated, loyal friends. It was no wonder the book was a best seller when he published srminius.
Sure, the book drags at times. You expect that from something written in the mids. But it was one of the more important travel narratvies vqmbery the 19th century. An exhausting trip, and an unbelievably brave one. Steven rated it it was amazing Jan 10, Mark rated it really liked it Mar 10, Mick Scheinin rated it really liked it Feb 05, Michael Funkhouser rated it aminius was amazing Jan 07, Vambrey rated it it was amazing Oct 11, Andy Howe rated it really liked it Aug 25, Edmund rated arminuus really liked it Jun 21, Gozal marked it as to-read May 24, Rachel Irwin marked it as to-read Mar 27, Iranica added it Aug 13, Miriam marked it as to-read Dec 31, Mike Cooper added it Mar 05, Oana marked it as to-read May 04, Matthew Walton marked it as to-read Jun 06, Marcel marked it as to-read Nov 09, Bayram Kaya marked it as to-read Apr 17, Emma marked it as to-read Jun 22, Rama marked it as to-read Jul 01, Rafael marked it as to-read Nov 21, Chris marked it as to-read Jan 18, Cguthrie00 marked it as to-read Apr 09, Masoud marked it as to-read Nov 09, Peter Van De Velde marked it as to-read Feb 18, Patrice marked it as to-read Mar 05, Marla marked it as to-read Sep 11, Jason Deschamps marked it as to-read Vabmery 12, Chad marked it as to-read Apr 15, Tory Altman marked it as to-read Jun 04, Jamie Morris marked it as to-read Aug 23, Abdullah Karaer marked it as to-read Sep 02, Rebecca Ribnick marked it as to-read Oct 07, Warwick marked it as to-read Oct 24, Ravshan marked it as to-read Oct 28, Ibrahim Boutari marked it as to-read Nov 03, Dada marked it as to-read Nov 08, Armijius Rizaev marked it as to-read Dec 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Despite being raised Jewish, he later arminlus became an atheist.