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Nick Fielding – Thomas and Lucy Atkinson and their travels in Central Asia

This talk, by journalist and author Nick Fielding, will describe the Atkinsons’ foray into present-day Kazakhstan, where they spent almost a year in the most remote outpost of the Russian Empire – and where Lucy gave birth to their only child. He will describe his visit this summer to some of the places described by the Atkinsons and put their journey into the context of nineteenth century great power politics.

S. Frederick Starr – Lost Enlightenment: central Asia’s golden age from the Arab conquest to Tamerlane

Event Date: 27 May 2014 
 Royal Asiatic Society 
Stephenson Way 
London NW1 2HD   The Royal Asiatic Society presents: Book Launch Lost Enlightenment: central Asia’s golden age from the Arab conquest to Tamerlane by S. Frederick Starr  Many think of Central Asia today as a desolate, dusty, backwater region inhospitable to learning, high culture, thriving cities, or robust commerce.  …