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Na wschód do Tatarii. Podróże po Bałkanach, Bliskim Wschodzie i Kaukazie.

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"Czy walka z chaosem i absolutyzmem na Bliskim Wschodzie leży w naszym interesie? Na Bałkanach – owszem, ponieważ sąsiadują z Europą Środkową i stanowią naturalny kierunek w poszerzaniu zachodniej strefy wpływów i dobrobytu. Gdzie indziej nasze zaangażowanie zależy od tego, czy istnieje stan wyższej konieczności.
Demokracja może bujnie rozkwitnąć w Europie Środkowej, w połu
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 20th 2010 by Wydawnictwo Czarne (first published 2000)
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Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back in the late 70's and early 80's, I used to read newspaper articles by this same author, when he was an Athens-based young freelancer frequently published in the Toronto Globe and Mail, which I read religiously. Covering the Middle East, Near East and the Balkans, he seemed to me to be the best reporter covering the area at the time. Judging by this book (published about 20 years later), he just kept getting better and better. He's multi-lingual, knows the history of the areas he covers, and ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: region-europe
Crossposted to 238 books in 238 days.

Apparently, the first part of this book is like a sequel to Kaplan's Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History. I'd just like to mention that I haven't read that, and didn't know anything about its significance until I read about it in other reviews, and therefore I can't offer an opinion on that.

As for "Eastward to Tartary" - despite the curiously outdated title, this book seems to be incredibly current for its time. It is interesting to read this 1
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics
The title is something of a misnomer as only the final section of the book travels 'eastward to Tartary'. Kaplan first revisits the Balkans, reflecting on his earlier visits described in 'Balkan Ghosts' then crosses into Turkey and onwards into Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine. Kaplan served in the Israeli Army - a fact I was unaware of previously but which gave an interesting perspective to his views - then returns to Turkey and crosses over into Georgia, travelling on into Azerbaij ...more
Robert Kaplan is a bit like a modern Richard Burton or Ibn Battuta figure and has written a number of books in which he sets out on journeys across various regions of the world while recording his observations. These books are always laden with lots of historical context and interviews with important local figures, which makes for interesting reading. Since many of the places that he visits are not the subjects of intense global media scrutiny, there is also a sense of discovery and much to be l ...more
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting his book with a quote from Isaiah Berlin (“To know the worst is not always to be liberated from its consequences; nevertheless it is preferable to ignorance.” from “The Originality of Machiavelli”), Eastward to Tartary is Kaplan’s superb follow-up to his Balkan Ghosts. The book provides information on the post-1989 development of Balkan states (Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria), Turkey & Greater Syria (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, & Israel), and the Caucus & Tartary (Georgia, Azerb ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
This book is overwhelming. Writing for a mostly American audience, Robert Kaplan being the gifted writer that he is, had me right beside him as he interviews scholars, political figures and regular locals as he traveled through Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and then continuing through Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

He outlines the important historical events and the influence they have had on the modern day struggles of this region. I don’t agree with
Dean Spankie
Jan 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Balkan Ghosts is one of the best books I've read in the last few years. It has a great anecdotal style, spinning gripping tales of a bloody and tumultuous history, spanning centuries. Eastward to Tartary is labelled as a sequel to that book, so I was expecting a continuation of sorts. Unfortunately, It takes a very different approach, and ends up reading like an extended article in The Economist (or what I imagine The Economist reads like), a vague cross section of prime ministers and the politi ...more
Janez Hočevar
A great combination of travel literarture, history and political observations!!!
Alice Handley
It's just fun to say "Tartary."
Bob Newman
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
interesting analysis over traveller's tales

Robert Kaplan doesn't travel first class, he keeps his ear to the ground, and he pays attention to details. Unlike most of our leaders, he knows his history and doesn't believe it's "bunk". He may like to use the words "national character" where I would use "culture", but if you read this brilliant book you'll see he's talking about the same thing. Kaplan cannot be an expert on every place he goes; perhaps his pictures are either inaccurate or stereotyp
Peter Certo
a sweeping travelogue, stretching from budapest to turkmenistan. kaplan writes about lots of places that don't get much attention (especially the caucasus and central asia, but also places in the middle east that lie off the usual journalistic track), and for the most part i enjoyed tailing along with him. the book works well as a sweeping introduction to a broad swath of the globe, packed with history ancient and modern alike.

that said, a few things bugged me throughout. for one, kaplan recurre
Jun 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: viajes
Este es un libro de viajes que trata fundamentalmente la situación sociopolítica de los países que el autor visita. Kaplan recorre algunos países de Europa Oriental, Oriente Próximo y el Cáucaso para conocer su situación sobre el terreno. Las referencias a la historia menos reciente son escasas y las circunstancias que vive el viajero se ventilan sin excesivos aspavientos. Esta especial atención a la política y a la historia reciente de los países visitados no es muy frecuente en la literatura d ...more
Oct 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
All the time I have lived in and contemplated Romania and the Balkans, I have assumed that they were a periphery to Western Europe. This book made me realize this is misguided. Historically, the Balkans and Romania are peripheral to constantinople and then Istambul. (With exception of 200 or so years under Roman rule from Rome) This came as such a revelation to me. Bucharest is only 400 or so Kilometers from Istanbul, whereas it is thousands from Paris.

If history is any guide, the Balkans natur
This book follows a journey from Hungary (Budapest) through Romania (Bucharest) into Bulgaria, through Turkey, eastward to Georgia near the Russian border, then Armenia, Azerbaijan, and then across the Caspian Sea into Turkemnistan near to the Iranian border. It's a political travelogue. The areas visited are not areas I know anything about. The book is fascinating. Kaplan is an astute commentator who looks IMO for the truly telling things. Most interesting to me were how clearly the history of ...more
It's odd to look at this nearly 20 years after the trip it was written about. A lot of things have changed. (Budapest is very different, and Ganja is no longer even remotely "a dump.") Some of the predictions and analyses are spot on, and some of them were way off. I'm probably best at evaluating things in the Caucasus, so:
*The Rose Revolution was relatively peaceful and non-chaotic, which didn't seem to be Kaplan's expectation of post-Shevardnadze Georgia. That said, he was of course right to r
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kaplan's travelogue and political musings from his 1998 journey, capturing the lives and nations emerging from half a century of communism and oppression. Side trips to Syria, Lebanon, and Israel are also insightful into current events. As I read this book I wondered what was happening in those countries today and was delighted to see his 2016 book, In Europe's Shadow.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The U.S primary and secondary education systems leave out so much history of the world. This book helps us to begin to fill in the gaps. It is a crucial read for anyone claiming to love history and deem it important.
David P
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Kaplan travels to areas which tourists rarely see. His "Ends of the Earth" starts in Sierra Leone and ends in Cambodia, his "Balkan Ghosts" surveys the fragments of Yugoslavia and their neighbors, and "East to Tartary" wends its way through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey to Syria, Jordan and Israel, then continues to the fragmented nations of the Caucasus and ends in the deserts of Turkmenistan east of the Caspian Sea, part of what Victorian Britain knew as "Tartary."

After one crosses the
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Een zeer goed geschreven boek over de Balkan, Kaukasus en het Midden-Oosten aan het eind van de jaren '90 van de afgelopen eeuw. Eind jaren '90 ben ik zelf veel in Bulgarije geweest en ik herken dus de chaos en de maffia van die tijd daar. Door het aspirant lidmaatschap en latere lidmaatschap van Navo en EU, is daar de situatie ondertussen heel veel beter. Idem voor Roemenië , waar ik onlangs geweest ben. Nog steeds zijn het niet de welvarende democratische staten op niveau van West-Europa, maar ...more
Scott Pierce
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-asia
Kaplan explains much to us about this region in the world that has provided, and according to him will continue to provide, the opportunity for conflict.

Tries to explain the unique nature of the Turkish-Israel cooperation in that Turkey is concerned with Arab support for the Kurds, and also with Syrian claims on Turkish lands.

Kaplan is not hopeful that the proper structures are in place in many of these places to support democracy as we know it.

Under the Ottoman empire, the "millet" system gave
Demasiada política. Interesante para conocer un poco de los países de los que habla.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-writing
A decade after writing "Balkan Ghosts" Robert Kaplan wrote another travelogue returning to the Balkans but also crossing into the Caucasus and the Levant. He traveled at a very interesting time, 1998, a time before the major expansions of EU and NATO into the Balkans, between the banning of the Welfare and the creation of the AK Party in Turkey, before the rise of King Abdullah II in Jordan and Bashar al Assad in Syria, and before the attacks of 9/11.

Incredibly interesting writing at an importa
Fern Richardson
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Peggy
This was a very difficult book to read (for me) but I was captivated even while feeling overwhelmed. I was surprised when the book began in Romania – what happened to Tartary? Then I realized that the book is really about the trip from Europe starting on the edge in Romanian to Tartary in Turkmenistan. Kaplan compares many aspects of what we would call eastern Europe, the near east and Tartary – pretty much saying that the divisions are arbitrary and meaningless today. He discusses such issues a ...more
Patrick McCoy
Kaplan’s Eastward to Tartary is another standout book by Kaplan. Anyway, Eastward to Tartary was another engrossing book with Kaplan’s usual well-informed observations and opinions. He always does a lot of research about the countries and regions he visits and seeks out expert opinions from specialists of/in those countries as well as infusing his own astute observations along the way, leading to well-informed political analysis of the regions and states. I guess you could characterize his books ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"'The Prussian work ethic was not entrepreneurial, but fitted to bureaucracy and mass industrialization. It functioned only if someone else supplied the jobs and told people what to do. In a postindustrial entrepreneurial age ... don't expect the formerly Prussian parts of Germany to be economically impressive. Budapest and the rest of Hungary are closer to Catholic Munich than to Prussian-Protestant Berlin, and in a new Europe of region-states, the region oriented toward Munich may be stronger. ...more
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, own
There are a lot of history books written about history from 35,000 feet, but there aren't many written about history from the ground level, like Eastward to Tartary. To understand large historical movements, one has to understand the components that comprise them. In 1998 Kaplan travels by train, bus, and boat, from Budapest through Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, and Armenia. He talks with scholars, local political figures, and regul ...more
Aug 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it took me the better part of 5 months to read this book - I went in bursts, reading 50 or 60 page sections, then put it down for a month or more - I found this book profound and frightening. Kaplan has a gift for observation and a way of describing details with such nuance that it is hard not to imagine yourself with him on his journeys across the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East, and near Central Asia as he explores nascent democracies and reveals their fragile and breakable infrastruct ...more
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Robert Kaplan's books. I came across this one in the library and since it was on my wish list of books to read it made it all the better. In this book Mr. Kaplan travels from Hungary through the Balkan countries, through Turkey and into the Middle East. From Israel he doubles back to Turkey and then continues on to the Caucus countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. I am ashamed to say that I really knew nothing about the history and culture about these regions of the wo ...more
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone

Fantastic portrait of the Balkans and beyond. Kaplan more or less does the exact route I've been wanting to do -- from eastern Europe through Turkey, Syria and several 'stans. He doesn't go all the way across Mongolia and China and Russia, but for at least the beginning, his trip mirrors my planned trip.

Of course, Kaplan's a well-respected journalist and has all sort of contacts and connections that I lack, but that's part of what makes this a great read, it's not just a travel narrative, but an

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Robert David Kaplan is an American journalist, currently a National Correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly. His writings have also been featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic, The National Interest, Foreign Affairs and The Wall Street Journal, among other newspapers and publications, and his more controversial essays about the nature of U.S. power have spurred debate ...more
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