Black Dragon River

Black Dragon River

A Journey Down the Amur River at the Borderlands of Empires

Book - 2015
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Black Dragon River recounts a personal journey down one of Asia's great rivers. The world's ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers Economist journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with East Asia. Part travel writing, part history, it reveals how the long shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2015
ISBN: 9781594203671
Branch Call Number: 915.7 Zieg
Characteristics: 357 pages : map ; 25 cm


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Jul 03, 2017

This is a major work, both lyrical in its travel sections, and very detailed in its history, all the way back to Genghis Khan. It's essentially the story of Russian eastward expansion over five centuries and the east-west tensions between China, Japan and European Russian governments, plus the histories of the many indigenous peoples affected. But it's also the story of the Amur, a major river that few people who live in the west know anything about. It's written more for specialists by the Asian editor of the British journal The Economist, but still worth the effort, even though you'll never remember all the detail!

Dec 10, 2015

could have been interesting, but goddamn if the narrative isn't mind numbingly boring.


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