Posts Tagged ‘finland’

Secret Agent, Soldier and Statesman

Secret Agent, Soldier and Statesman

Of all the great explorers who plundered the ancient treasures of the Silk Road a century ago, Baron Gustaf Mannerheim would become the most famous, but not for his archaeological exploits. Men such as Sven Hedin, Sir Aurel Stein, Albert von Le Coq and Paul Pelliot were the celebrity-explorers of their time. Feted and financed [...]


PROLOGUE

PROLOGUE

Crossing the Mannerheim Line I spent almost a week in Finland conducting interviews and doing research prior to departing for St. Petersburg. In 2005, I had also visited Finland and Russian-occupied Karelia to conduct research and tour the Mannerheim Line with Finnish friends. I arrived in Finland in the western port of Turku via ferry [...]


EPILOGUE

EPILOGUE

To the Finland Station Gustaf Mannerheim had originally planned to return to St. Petersburg via Japan and the United States, or perhaps via India and the Suez Canal, but he was terribly short of money. The only option remaining, he grumbled in a letter to his brother, would be “the unpleasant railway trip across Siberia.” [...]