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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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PREFACE
The journey described in this book was made in
the summer of 1925, and was the continuation of
the one described in an earlier book, Armenia and
the Near East {Gjennem Armenia). The author gladly
uses this opportunity to expfress his gratitude to
Presidents Samursky and Korkmazov in the Repub
lic of Daghestan for the extraordinary hospitality
shown to his fellow-traveller and himself during
their interesting stay in this remarkable land.
He would also like to thank the local authorities
in the different places they came to, especially in
Astrakhan, for their friendly welcome.
It is not possible in a short sketch such as this to
give in any way complete impressions of the lands
and the many peoples the journey took them
through, especially when it was made so quickly,
and the impressions were so changing and over
whelming. For miler information as to the natural
conditions and the manifold peoples in the Caucasus
and Daghestan the reader may be referred to the
following among others : Erckert, Der Kaukasus und
seine Volker, 1887; Merzbacher, Aus den Hochregionen
des Kaukasus, 1901 ; Freshfield, The Exploration of the
Caucasus, 1 902 ; the various descriptions of travels
by C. Hahn {Aus dem Kaukasus, 1892, and others in
1896, 1900, and 191 1). A good account of our
knowledge of the anthropology and customs of the

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