London: Evans Brothers. Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket. 1956. First Edition. Hardcover. 230 pages; Clean and tight in original blue cloth binding in very good price-clipped dustjacket. Pictorial dustjacket by H. Henry Sheldon, endpaper maps, b&w photographs, line drawn maps. In 1948 some twenty thousand Kazak families, with their herds of camels, sheep, & horses and all their possessions, fled from Eastern Turkistan, todays Chinas Sinkiang Province [Xinjiang province] embarking on a tragic but unwavering exodus from their communist dominated country. In addition to continual attack and pursuit by communist troops, the nomads suffered intense and dreadful hardships on a journey which took them across waterless deserts where their animals died of thirst, into the ice-bound Tibetan uplands without food or shelter, over mountain passes eighteen thousand feet above sea level and across vast stretches of trackless, hostile land. Two years later, having crossed the Altai and Himalayas and traversing Ghansu (Chinese province), Tibet, Kashmir and Pakistan; less than a quarter of the original number finally straggled into East Kashmir where they rested before they eventually found sanctuary and a chance to build a new life in Turkey. . (Inventory #: 40352)
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