Flight of a Tartar tribe

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byThomas De Quincey

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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. 1896. Excerpt: ... FLIGHT OP A TARTAR TRIBE There is no great event in modern history, or, perhaps it may be said more broadly, none in all history, from its earliest records, less generally known, or more striking to the imagination, than the flight eastwards of a principal Tartar nation across the boundless steppes of Asia in the 5 latter half of the last century. The terminus a quo of this flight and the terminus ad quern are equally magnificent--the mightiest of Christian thrones being the one, the mightiest of pagan the other; and the grandeur of these two terminal objects is harmoniously supported by the 10 romantic circumstances of the flight. In the abruptness of its commencement and the fierce velocity of its execution we read an expression of the wild, barbaric character of the agents. In the unity of purpose connecting this myriad of wills, and in the blind but unerring aim at a 15 mark so remote, there is something which recalls to the mind those almighty instincts that propel the migrations of the swallow or the life-withering marches of the locust. Then, again, in the gloomy vengeance of Russia and her vast artillery, which hung upon the rear and the skirts of 20 Fl1ght of a Tartar Tribe. This essay originally appeared In Blackwood's Magazine for July, 1837. For De Quincey's authorities see p. 65. 5 Steppes. The steppes of Asia are analogous to our western prairies. Note throughout the essay De Quincey's love of describing the vast and tremendous. « Terminus a quo. The point of departure. 'Terminus ad quem. The terminating point. 6 Mightiest of Christian thrones. Russia. Mightiest of Pagan. China. XI the fugitive vassals, we are reminded of Miltonic images--such, for instance, as that of the solitary hand pursuing through desert spaces and through ancie...

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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. 1896. Excerpt: ... FLIGHT OP A TARTAR TRIBE There is no great event in modern history, or, perhaps it may be said more broadly, none in all histo...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:30 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.06 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217212042

ISBN - 13:9780217212045

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