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|Yule, Sir Henry|
|England / Edinburgh / Inveresk|
|Medieval History ; Geography of Central Asia|
|British militarist, traveler, and orientalist. Yule was famous for his research into the history of East and West contact. He was born in Inveresk (near Edinburgh), the son of Major William Yule. Educated at Addiscombe and Chatham in Edinburgh, he joined the Bengal Engineers at the age of 20, going on to serve in the Sikh Wars. After traveling around India, he became Secretary to the Government for Public Works in 1855. Retireingin 1862, he began to research mediaeval history and the geography of Central Asia. After living in Germany for a few years, he moved to the Italian island of Sicily during which time he wrote his famous volume Cathay and the Way Thither. He then returned to England, and in 1877 he became president of the Hakluyt Society. He left behind many works in oriental studies, including the annotated translation of The Travels of Marco Polo.|
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