By Tim Cope
The connection among guy and horse at the Eurasian steppe gave upward push to a succession of wealthy nomadic cultures. between them have been the Mongols of the 13th century – a small tribe, which, below the charismatic management of Genghis Khan, created the most important contiguous land empire in historical past. encouraged by way of the intense lifestyles nomads nonetheless lead at the present time, Tim Cope launched into a trip that hadn't been effectively accomplished because these occasions: to commute on horseback around the whole size of the Eurasian steppe, from Karakorum, the traditional capital of Mongolia, via Kazakhstan, Russia, Crimea and the Ukraine to the Danube River in Hungary.
From horse-riding beginner to vacationing 3 years and 6,000 miles on horseback, observed by way of his puppy Tigon, Tim learnt to fend off wolves and would-be horse-thieves, and grapple with the extremes of the steppe as he crossed sub-zero plateaux, the hot deserts of Kazakhstan and the high-mountain passes of the Carpathians. alongside the best way, he used to be taken in by means of those that taught him the normal methods and advised him their contemporary background: Stalin's push for industrialisation introduced calamity to the steepe and compelled collectivism that during Kazakhstan on my own ended in the lack of numerous million farm animals and the hunger of greater than one million nomads. this present day Cope bears witness to how the conventional methods dangle precariously within the stability within the post-Soviet world.
a narrative of experience, persistence and eventual triumph, at the path of Genghis Khan is instantaneously a party of and an elegy for an historic approach of life.