The Sahara : a cutural history / Eamonn Gearon
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- 1 online resource (xx, 264 pages) : illustrations, map.
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- Landscapes of the imagination
- Landscapes of the imagination.
- Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
- Introduction -- A quick tour of the Sahara -- Flora and fauna -- Part 1. Landscapes. Whales in the desert -- Rock art -- Saharan urban -- Part 2. History: conquests and empires. From ancient Egypt to the Arab invasion -- Travellers, chroniclers, geographers -- Part 3. History: exploration, imperialism and independence. European forays: the African Association and Napoleon -- Further horizons: exploration and the European land grab -- War and peace and war -- The second world war -- Heaven and hell: independence and since -- Part 4. Imagination. Classical inspiration -- Poetic muse -- A brilliant palette -- Oriental delights, strange worlds and spy stories -- Silver screen Sahara -- Part 5. Encounters: indigenes and visitors. Men with a mission -- Literary travellers and tourists -- People of the Sahara.
- "The Sahara is the quintessence of isolation, epitomizing both remoteness and severity of environment unlike any other place on the face of the earth. Replete with myths and fictions, it is a wild land, dotted with oases and camel trains trudging through sand dunes that roll like the waves on a sea, as far as the distant horizon. But this is just part of the picture. The largest desert in the world, the Sahara ranges from the river Nile running through Egypt and Sudan in the east, to the Atlantic coast from Morocco to Mauritania in the west; stretching from the Atlas Mountains and the shores of the Mediterranean in the north, to the fluid Sahelian fringe that delineates the desert in the south. Invaders and traders have come and gone for millennia, but the Sahara is also the place that some people call home. While larger than the United States, this vast area contains only three million people. Africans and Arabs, Berber and Bedu, Tuareg and Tebu. Eamonn Gearon explores the history, culture and terrain of a place whose name is familiar to all, but known to few"--Provided by publisher.
- Print version record.
- Sahara -- Civilization.
- Sahara -- In literature.
- Sahara -- History.
- HISTORY -- Africa -- West.
- Sahara -- In literature.
- Electronic books.
- Print version: Gearon, Eamonn. Sahara. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2011 9780199861965 (DLC) 2011028276 (OCoLC)741415817
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