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The Diplomat of Kashgar: The Life of Sir George Macartney 18 January 1867-19 May 1945 Paperback – 20 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Proverse Hong Kong; 1st edition (20 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9888227629
  • ISBN-13: 978-9888227624
  • Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,293,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A tale of intrigue and suspense, hardship and homesickness, geopolitics and high policy....The story of another age ... that still has relevance today. Macartney's character shines through this book. James McCarthy has performed a great service by bringing to light the remarkable achievements of this quiet, humble and highly effective exemplar of a style of diplomacy we neglect at our peril. The region of Xinjiang, where Kashgar is the second city, sits at the heart of one of the least stable parts of the globe, bordering Russia, the Central Asian republics, Kashmir, Afghanistan, Pakistan. It has been a disputed territory for centuries, finally incorporated into China only in the 18th century. ... If, as many believe, this is to be China's century, then Macartney's old stomping ground will have an important part to play. This book, and the history it helps bring to mind, is thus a useful source of knowledge and insight into a region we can expect to hear about a lot more. --From the Foreword by Graham Leicester, HM Diplomatic Service, 1984-1995.

About the Author

The Author, James McCarthy was born in Dundee, Scotland in 1936, graduated from Aberdeen University in 1959 and now lives in Edinburgh. He saw military service with the Royal Marines, Black Watch and King's African Rifles during the Mau Mau campaign in Kenya. Subsequently he became the first European post-graduate student at Makerere College, Kampala and carried out forest exploration in Uganda and Tanzania, latterly introducing the first course in forest ecology for African forest rangers. He has been the holder of a Leverhulme Scholarship, a Churchill Fellowship and a Nuffield-Leverhulme Fellowship. He has travelled widely in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia. He retired as Deputy Director (Scotland) from the Nature Conservancy Council in 1991 and became a Board Member of the new organisation, Scottish Natural Heritage. His consultancy work has included advising the Icelandic Government on interpretation for visitors to their first National Park and the US National Park Service on coastal conservation. He has published books on the natural heritage and land use of Scotland and latterly biographies of 18th and 19th Century Scottish explorers and travellers, in whom he has a special interest. He is currently chairman of the Scottish Centre for Geopoetics. He is married, with three grown-up children.

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