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Road Through Kurdistan: Travels in Northern Iraq

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"The real attraction of Road through Kurdistan lies in its warm humanity. Hamilton is utterly free of colonial superciliousness, despite the odd reference to the childlike simplicity of the natives. Learning of the Kurdish love for flowers, he sets about building a Kurdish garden of his own, bartering local species for eucalyptus seedlings brought up from Baghdad. He insists that his roadside camp conform to local traditions of hospitality. And, in the depths of winter, he hunts side by side with neighbouring tribesmen." Nicholas Birch, The Times Literary Supplement (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)

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Publisher Comments:

In 1928, Archibald Hamilton traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan, having been commissioned to build a road that would stretch from Northern Iraq, through the mountains and gorges of Kurdistan and on to the Iranian border. Now called the Hamilton Road, this was, even by today's standards, a considerable feat of engineering and remains one of the most strategically important roads in the region. In this colorful and engaging account, Hamilton describes the four years he spent overcoming immense obstacles — disease, ferocious brigands, warring tribes and bureaucratic officials — to carve a path through some of the most beautiful but inhospitable landscape in the world.

Road Through Kurdistan is a classic of travel writing and an invaluable portrayal of the Iraqi Kurds themselves, and of the Kurdish regions of Northern Iraq.

Book News Annotation:

As an example of stolid British tradition, language, and colonial attitudes in a non-British land, this history can scarcely be surpassed. Nonetheless, it is also a vivid and detailed account of the people and geography of what was then called Iraq Kurdistan, where Hamilton (an engineer from New Zealand) spent four years building what is known as the Hamilton Road, from 1928-1932. Distributed in the U.S. by Palgrave.
Annotation 2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

In 1928, Archibald Hamilton traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan, having been commissioned to build a road that would stretch from Northern Iraq, through the mountains and gorges of Kurdistan and on to the Iranian border. Now called the Hamilton Road, this was, even by today's standards, a considerable feat of engineering and remains one of the most strategically important roads in the region. In this colorful and engaging account, Hamilton describes the four years he spent overcoming immense obstacles--disease, ferocious brigands, warring tribes and bureaucratic officials--to carve a path through some of the most beautiful but inhospitable landscape in the world. Road Through Kurdistan is a classic of travel writing and an invaluable portrayal of the Iraqi Kurds themselves, and of the Kurdish regions of Northern Iraq.

About the Author

Archibald Milne Hamilton was an engineer, born in New Zealand, who worked for many years in the Middle East.

Table of Contents

Land of Eternal Conflict * Diwaniyah * Northward to the Mountains * The Road * Camp on Spilik * The Brigand, Hamada Chin * Gali Ali Beg * Forts on the Frontier * Men of the Middle East * The Depths of the Canyon * All in a Day's Work * A Christmas Eve in Kurdistan * The Snows Melt * The Cave of Kospyspee * The Treasure-Vault of the Ancient Kings * The Conquest of Gali Ali Beg * The Blood-Feud of Rowanduz * The Fate of a Kurdish Chieftan * The Assyrians * The Goal Attained

Product Details

ISBN:
9781850436379
Introduction:
McDowall, David
Publisher:
I. B. Tauris & Company
Introduction by:
McDowall, David
Introduction:
McDowall, David
Author:
Hamilton, Archibald Milne
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Roads
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Highway engineering
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
26 b/w photos
Pages:
360
Dimensions:
8.01 x 5.12 x 0.675 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Religious
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » World History » Middle East
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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Product details 360 pages Tauris Parke Paperbacks - English 9781850436379 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The real attraction of Road through Kurdistan lies in its warm humanity. Hamilton is utterly free of colonial superciliousness, despite the odd reference to the childlike simplicity of the natives. Learning of the Kurdish love for flowers, he sets about building a Kurdish garden of his own, bartering local species for eucalyptus seedlings brought up from Baghdad. He insists that his roadside camp conform to local traditions of hospitality. And, in the depths of winter, he hunts side by side with neighbouring tribesmen." (read the entire Times Literary Supplement review)
"Synopsis" by ,
In 1928, Archibald Hamilton traveled to Iraqi Kurdistan, having been commissioned to build a road that would stretch from Northern Iraq, through the mountains and gorges of Kurdistan and on to the Iranian border. Now called the Hamilton Road, this was, even by today's standards, a considerable feat of engineering and remains one of the most strategically important roads in the region. In this colorful and engaging account, Hamilton describes the four years he spent overcoming immense obstacles--disease, ferocious brigands, warring tribes and bureaucratic officials--to carve a path through some of the most beautiful but inhospitable landscape in the world. Road Through Kurdistan is a classic of travel writing and an invaluable portrayal of the Iraqi Kurds themselves, and of the Kurdish regions of Northern Iraq.

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