The Pulse of Asia: a Journey in Central Asia illustrating the Geographic Basis of History

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IN NATURE, vol. lxxii., 1905, p. 366, some account was given of the expedition of the Carnegie Institution of Washington to Eastern Persia and Turkestan. Mr. Huntington showed his descriptive power in the joint memoir issued in that year; and he dedicates his new book to Prof. W. M. Davis, his instructor in the “rational science” of geography, and his companion in arduous travel. Mr. Huntington states that, thanks to the help of Prof. Davis, he spent three years in Central Asia, in addition to four previously spent in Asia Minor. His study of languages has again and again been of service to him; and it is interesting to note at one point (p. 153) the struggle between his natural sympathy and the need for a little self-assertion, which, to the Oriental, is an outward sign of self-respect. His relations with the Khirghiz, and even with the feebler Chantos, were pleasant in the extreme; we fancy that something more fundamental than a training in geography gave him his thoughtful perception of the conditions and limitations of their lives.

The Pulse of Asia: a Journey in Central Asia illustrating the Geographic Basis of History.

By Ellsworth Huntington. Pp. xxi + 416. (London: A. Constable and Co., Ltd.; Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1907.) Price 14s. net.

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COLE, G. The Pulse of Asia: a Journey in Central Asia illustrating the Geographic Basis of History . Nature 77, 314 (1908). https://doi.org/10.1038/077314a0

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