Foreign Devils on Silk Road Paperback – Jan 30 1984
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A highly readable and elegant book.--Elizabeth Monroe "Times Literary Supplement "
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8pp halftone plates --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Is it being British and longing to know how a nation of bunglers can ever come so close to ruling the universe? Or is it the sheer romantic lust for wide open spaces and seeing things no one has ever seen before - except of course the ones who live here? I don't know, but By Jings Foreign Devils on the Silk Road is about as romantic as you can get.
It's about the race to steal the treasures of north-western China at the turn of the twentieth century. Sir Aurel Stein, a Brit. of Hungarian birth, and Sven Hedin, a Swede with a bit of thing for dictators, began a thirty year competition to find and save for posterity the ninth century Buddhist art work that had lain under the sands of the Taklamakan and Gobi deserts for the best part of a millennium. It would change the West's understanding of Central Asian history and their linguistics for ever.
After Stein and Hedin there came the ever-brilliant French, the determined Germans and a very strange bunch of Japanese 'holy men' come spies. A Russian or two arrived a little late and the final curtain came down on an headstrong Yank who didn't quite get what he'd bargained for when the Chinese decided enough was enough.
All set off from Kashgar and travelled by camel into no man's land in search of cities long forgotten and swallowed up in sand dunes.Read more ›
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A fascinating account of the plundering of art objects from the Silk Road. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the fascinating tale of the intrigue and scheming as well as the hazards of... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003
It's easy to become enraptured by Hopkirk's romantic storytelling, but it's important not to forget that the "discoveries" of Sir Aurel Stein and others is tantamount to the theft... Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Adoumri
An excellent survey of the explorers of the Silk Road. In response to the New England reviewer, the bulk of the material in fact DID survive WWII; the majority of the texts were... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2001