Explorers and travellers in Asia (Spring term) (HIS 16)

  • Day and time: Tuesday 13:20 - 14:20
  • Length of course: 1 term. Spring (10 Weeks)
  • Number of places: 30
  • Start date: 18 January 2022
  • Description:

    Over the centuries people have travelled in Asia for many different reasons. These journeys were difficult, not only mountains, deserts, wars and bandits but also unhelpful or obstructive bureaucracy. This course will look at several of them, who they were, why they travelled and where they went. They include a Hungarian looking for the homeland of his people; two ladies who both lived to 100 but made very different journeys; two Chinese monks who travelled to India; finding the Tsangpo gorge in Tibet; the Russian exploration of eastern Siberia and, of course, Marco Polo. The times range from the fourth century to the present day.

    Please click HERE for handouts

  • Format: Lecture

  • Tutor: Janet Pope
  • I have been fascinated by Central Asia, Iran and Tibet for many years and have studied many of the interesting people who travelled in Asia.

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