By John Stuart Clark
In 1849, numerous hundred thousand americans and Europeans started streaming throughout ‘The nice American Desert’ sure for the gold fields of California. Their dream used to be to strike it wealthy, but when the Gold Rush epitomizes the yank Dream, their trek during the desert grew to become the worst of nightmares. one hundred fifty years later, British biking journalist John Stuart Clark retraces an analogous roads, rivers and trails taken via the 40 Niners, suffering throughout 3,000 miles of inhospitable terrain, fighting violent sandstorms and withering warmth. biking the place no sane individual would select to cycle, at a time whilst the fiercest twister and worst university bloodbath on checklist shake the kingdom, Clark tells the tales of these he encounters with an unusual sensitivity and realizing. half travelogue, half social background, all tremendously good written, this is often the undying tale of a kingdom taking inventory of itself and the yank Dream.
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The 25 26 27 Mark Mazower, The Balkans: A Short History (New York: Random House, 2000), 87–95. Kemal Karpat, “The Memoirs of N. Batzaria: The Young Turks and Nationalism,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 6, 3 (1975), 276–99. Michael Hechter, Containing Nationalism (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000), esp. 71–78. 125 on Wed Dec 26 04:54:44 WET 2012. 28 Not least important, the question of who lived within those carefully demarcated borders acquired a new significance. As Eric Weitz has explained, the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries witnessed a “sea change” in the international system.
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After the Gold Rush: A Bicycle Journey Through American History by John Stuart Clark