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Eastern Approaches (1949)

de Fitzroy Maclean

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"Pioneering researches into India's past began over two hundred years ago with the work of Sir William Jones and the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Since then Indology as a discipline has diversified into a wide range of highly specialized areas. Indian Art History, with its background of linguistics, philosophy, mythology, and political history, is today one of the most energetically thriving of those branches." "It is not often that readers encounter a book in which specialists reveal their working methods at the very moment of discovery, and of interpretation. Eastern Approaches is such a book. It is a collection of twenty-two essays by leading Indian and Western scholars directly involved in the continuing work of understanding the art and architecture of the Indian past, and revealing the patterns of thought behind them. The reader is invited to participate in the intellectual excitement of their discoveries." "Mediterranean contact with the north-western Indian borderlands - including the return voyage of Alexander's admiral, Nearchos, along the Makran coast - brings the reader into the subcontinent from the West. The Greek concept of the city-goddess in the Buddhist art of Gandhara then leads into three different perceptions of the Buddha image." "Four chapters are devoted to the Hindu view of the goddess: from the discovery of missing links in the early development of her iconography to the religious background of modern Kali worship. The demons of the Kulu Valley, who largely refuse to inhabit conventional icons, are described in a unique piece of ethnographic writing from a long-term resident of Manali. Images of Siva and Visnu, the high gods of Hinduism, are subjected to minute analysis against their aesthetic and philosophic backgrounds." "The concept of the city-goddess re-emerges in a pioneer study of medieval stelae, the North Indian deva-pattas; miniature drawings and paintings of the Krsna-lila and Dhola-Maru themes are scrutinized; Indo-Islamic city and tomb architecture, and its ornamentation, are described and examined in historical perspective." "Many of the ancient buildings, sculptures, and manuscripts are written about here for the first time, and all the texts and figures are original contributions specially prepared for this book. In these pages, the reader enters a world of Greek, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim concepts, in India, where ancient and contemporary cultures meet."--BOOK JACKET.… (més)
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This had been on the shelf since the sixties - my "Bildungsbürgertum" dad subscribed to the Time Reading Program - but I finally opened it during the Balkan War to gain some historical perspective. This book supplied that, and more. A great read, highly recommended. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Memoir of travel in Russia in the late 1930s, while serving as a diplomat, followed by wartime adventures in Persia, North Africa and Yugoslavia, where he worked closely with Tito. ( )
  DramMan | Aug 25, 2018 |
Eastern Approaches is MacLean's account of his exploits from about 1936 through the last days of World War II in Europe. Having joined the British Diplomatic Service after University he found himself in Paris which most young men would have found a perfect posting. However, having grown bored with the social round and becoming convinced that more knowledge of the Soviet Union was essential, he applied for a posting to Moscow and was duly assigned there. The first section of the book concerns his observations of life there and particularly of the purges and the state trial of Bukharin and others of the Old Guard. But, in between events in Moscow, MacLean also travel extensively throughout the U.S.S.R. even though such travel was discouraged by the government. Rather than asking permission he just boarded trains and went. At various times he managed to get as far east as the border with China and, on another trip, across the border to Afganistan. Of course all these trips featured a couple of N.K.V.D. agents trailing behind.

With the start of the War MacLean managed to resign from the Service and enlist in his home regiment (rising to Brigadier by the end of the war) by running for Parliament - even though he told everyone that if his regiment was sent to the front he would go with them he won. Assigned to a special force in North Africa he was part of several raids behind enemy lines and the second section of his book deals with this part of his life.

With the desert war winding down, Churchill's attention turned to the Balkans and MacLean was chosen to enter Yugoslavia (by parachute) and contact the Partisans. His orders were to find out who was killing Germans and help them kill more. So began his association with the group led by Tito and this forms the longest section of the book. The activities there and the explanation of some of the region's history helped me understand how the Balkans got to where they are today.

Eastern Approaches would be an excellent read for anyone interested in the Soviet Union in the 30's, in World War II, or the rise of Tito's government towards the end of the war.
  hailelib | Mar 21, 2016 |
The experiences of a young UK diplomat in Moscow during Stalin's purges of the late 30's then his time in the SAS in North Africa & then behind the lines with Tito in WW2. Well written & fascinating.
Read Feb 2004 ( )
  mbmackay | Nov 29, 2015 |
An enjoyable read of one man's remarkable life. I expected more derring-do than was there, but the parts about life in 1930s Russia and in the Western Desert were interesting. ( )
  oparaxenos | Nov 27, 2015 |
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Seemingly a man oblivious to danger and with nine lives, Maclean had his only near brush with death after a car crash resulting from Stirling’s reckless style at the wheel. He was unconscious for four days after the crash and later remarked: “David Stirling’s driving was the most dangerous thing in World War Two!”

On recovery, Maclean took part in another raid on Benghazi and was then employed by General “Jumbo” Wilson in Persia (Iran) on a further mission, to arrest the pro-Nazi governor-general of Isfahan, General Zahidi. His rapid promotion, from lieutenant to brigadier in two years, provoked envy among his critics. But his success in these missions later led his friend Ian Fleming to base aspects of the character of James Bond on Maclean.
 

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"Pioneering researches into India's past began over two hundred years ago with the work of Sir William Jones and the Asiatic Society of Bengal. Since then Indology as a discipline has diversified into a wide range of highly specialized areas. Indian Art History, with its background of linguistics, philosophy, mythology, and political history, is today one of the most energetically thriving of those branches." "It is not often that readers encounter a book in which specialists reveal their working methods at the very moment of discovery, and of interpretation. Eastern Approaches is such a book. It is a collection of twenty-two essays by leading Indian and Western scholars directly involved in the continuing work of understanding the art and architecture of the Indian past, and revealing the patterns of thought behind them. The reader is invited to participate in the intellectual excitement of their discoveries." "Mediterranean contact with the north-western Indian borderlands - including the return voyage of Alexander's admiral, Nearchos, along the Makran coast - brings the reader into the subcontinent from the West. The Greek concept of the city-goddess in the Buddhist art of Gandhara then leads into three different perceptions of the Buddha image." "Four chapters are devoted to the Hindu view of the goddess: from the discovery of missing links in the early development of her iconography to the religious background of modern Kali worship. The demons of the Kulu Valley, who largely refuse to inhabit conventional icons, are described in a unique piece of ethnographic writing from a long-term resident of Manali. Images of Siva and Visnu, the high gods of Hinduism, are subjected to minute analysis against their aesthetic and philosophic backgrounds." "The concept of the city-goddess re-emerges in a pioneer study of medieval stelae, the North Indian deva-pattas; miniature drawings and paintings of the Krsna-lila and Dhola-Maru themes are scrutinized; Indo-Islamic city and tomb architecture, and its ornamentation, are described and examined in historical perspective." "Many of the ancient buildings, sculptures, and manuscripts are written about here for the first time, and all the texts and figures are original contributions specially prepared for this book. In these pages, the reader enters a world of Greek, Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim concepts, in India, where ancient and contemporary cultures meet."--BOOK JACKET.

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