The History of Mankind Volume 3

The History of Mankind Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...Turks live in the neighbourhood of Mongols, a curious tendency towards the primitive type seems to declare itself in their preference for Mongol wives. Farthest removed from the Mongol is the Usbek, who has adopted Iranian elements of culture and Iranian blood, so that he reminds us strongly of the Tajik. The Kara-Kalpak is still taller, bearded, and wide-eyed; doubtless the result of favourable conditions of life and crossing. Among the Yomut and Tekke Turcomans one sees quite European faces; more frequently to the south, on the border of Iran. Those who migrated to the Tarim from Lob-Nor are constantly being joined by fugitives and exiles from East Turkestan; and thus have sprung up the present Tarim people, who are distinguished by the most extreme variety of physiognomies. One finds among them the types of the Sarts, the Kirghises, even the Tangutes; now and then a completely European countenance, rarely a Mongolian. Prjevalsky ascribed the fair persons whom he found here to the residence of Russians of the Old Faith. Stocks and small races of monotonous and poorly-furnished regions appear as abnormal forms. The Kara-Kartshins of Lob-Nor and the Tarim people of medium or small stature, weak constitution with hollow chest, small head, prominent cheek-bones and sharp chin, scanty beard, everted lips, splendid white teeth, but skin of a dark sickly colour, are a stock that has come down in the world and is on the road to extinction. The character of the herdsmen of Central Asia, when unadulterated, is ponderous eloquence, frankness, rough good-nature, pride, but also indolence, irritability, and a tendency to vindictiveness. In their faces is often a good share of frankness coupled with amusing naivete. Not until intercourse became frequent more

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  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 549g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236633237
  • 9781236633231