History of the Mongols, From the 9th to the 19th Century, Vol. 2 (Classic Reprint)
Excerpt from History of the Mongols, From the 9th to the 19th Century, Vol. 2It is with great difference I venture to publish a second instalment of this history, an instalment dealing with a singularly unfrequented chapter in the great drama of human life, which, so far as English literature is concerned, may be said to be completely unexplored. I know its faults and shortcomings too well to permit me to claim for it more than a modest reputation. I believe that it condenses the results of some honest labour, perhaps of more than the casual reader would imagine; that it deals with a complicated and intricate subject; that it attempts to arrange in logical sequence and continuity a series of hitherto disintegrated and broken facts; and I hope that it may furnish some future historian with a skeleton and framework upon which to build his palace, when he shall clothe the dry bones with living flesh. Beyond this I make no claims. My critics have been singularly forbearing in their treatment of my former volume, and it is a supreme satisfaction to me to have made through it a number of friends, whose tenderness to my failings has been as conspicuous as their own learning. Perhaps I may claim their general consent that underneath the superficial faults there remains a substantial addition to historical literature which future researches will not entirely displace. If a few remarks have seemed unfair, it is only a very small element compared with the great number of suggestions which have been not only fair, but generous. As some of the criticism passed upon the former volume will apply equally well to this, I would hold a parley beforehand with those who wield the scalpel upon points in which the patient may perhaps claim to be heard as well as the doctor. One has complained of my style, that it has not the majestic ring of Gibbon, or the easy flow of Macaulay. It is indeed easy for me to plead guilty to this charge. I question whether either Gibbon or Macaulay, gifted as they were, far beyond my capacity, could have traversed the arid steppes of Asiatic history, tracked out the rivulets and streams which must be traced if its course is to be known at all, and dealt with unfamiliar localities, uncouth names, perpetual and monotonous fighting, and with materials such as these have presented a pleasant picture to the fancy. To embroider a glorious quilt we must not only have fine colours, but a chaste pattern; but when the colour is uniformly dull, and the pattern is uncouth and rude, we cannot hope to attract the casual eye. But why this mass of details? why not paint a few generalities, grasping the main story in a few choice phrases, and leaving the rest to oblivion? Here we have an issue on which I must not cry quarter.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.Эта книга будет изготовлена в соответствии с Вашим заказом по технологии Print-on-Demand компанией ООО «Книга по Требованию». Print-on-Demand - это технология печати книг по Вашему заказу на цифровом типографском оборудовании. Книга, произведенная по технологии Print-on-Demand (POD) представляет собой классическую печатную книгу с соблюдением всех стандартов качества, от офсетной бумаги и плотного картона до качественного клея, используемого при изготовлении. Черно-белая текстовая или полноцветная иллюстрированная книга (в зависимости от исходного файла, подготовленного к печати) может быть изготовлена в разных вариантах: - в мягкой обложке (Клеевое Бесшвейное Скрепление); - скрепление скобой (для книг с небольшим количеством страниц); - в твердом переплете с клееным текстовым блоком; Материалы, используемые при производстве книги: - бумага текстового блока - офсетная (белая или кремовая) 80 г/м2 - мягкая обложка - бумага мелованная 250 г/м2; - ламинация обложки - матовая или глянцевая; - твердый переплет - картон 2 мм, каптал, белые форзацы, прямой корешок - сверхпрочный полимерный клей; - каждая книга упакована в термопленку. Каждый заказ обрабатывается в индивидуальном порядке: каждой книге, напечатанной по технологии Print-on-Demand, присваивается уникальный номер.