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Describes the land and people of Peking as they were one hundred years ago, discussing Chinese customs and culture
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Gr 6 Up-Holmes, an indefatigable traveler-lecturer in the first half of this century, had his lectures published in 1901. On his journeys, he would gather information and photographs of distant places and share his experiences through "travelogues" (a word he coined) presented in cities and towns all over the United States. At that time, people had little opportunity for travel and were enthralled by these views of faraway countries. Although his work is interesting, both books are filled with impressions, not history. Therefore, the information will not be useful for assignments. Also, the language is often unfamiliar or complex. For example, Holmes refers to hotels as "caravansaries" but no definition of the term is given. He describes Moscow as "...wearing with pride and distinction her semi-oriental splendors, crowned with a diadem of blue and golden domes." In his time, Holmes's performances were entertaining and his "travelogues" enriching, but they cannot be considered history. Both books include black-and-white photos that do little to enhance the texts. These titles are not accessible to most students.-Ann M. Burlingame, North Regional Library, Raleigh, NC
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Book Description Chelsea House Pub, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0791046664