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    DescriptionThe Silk Road, which linked imperial Rome and distant China, was once the greatest thoroughfare on earth. Along it travelled precious cargoes of silk, gold and ivory, as well as revolutionary new ideas. Its oasis towns blossomed into thriving centres of Buddhist art and learning. In time it began to decline. The traffic slowed, the merchants left and finally its towns vanished beneath the desert sands to be forgotten for a thousand years. But legends grew up of lost cities filled with treasures and guarded by demons. In the early years of the last century foreign explorers began to investigate these legends, and very soon an international race began for the art treasures of the Silk Road. Huge wall paintings, sculptures and priceless manuscripts were carried away, literally by the ton, and are today scattered through the museums of a dozen countries. Peter Hopkirk tells the story of the intrepid men who, at great personal risk, led these long-range archaeological raids, incurring the undying wrath of the Chinese.


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    Title
    Foreign Devils on the Silk Road
    Subtitle
    The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Hopkirk
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780719564482
    ISBN 10: 0719564484
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25540
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    LC classification: DS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FP
    Abridged Dewey: 951
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037070
    BIC subject category V2: 1FP
    DC22: 951.6
    DC21: 950.4
    Thema V1.0: NHF
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MP
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1FP
    Edition statement
    Revised.
    Illustrations note
    8pp black and white
    Publisher
    John Murray General Publishing Division
    Imprint name
    John Murray Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    27 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Peter Hopkirk has travelled widely in the regions where his six books are set - Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, India and Pakistan, Iran, and Eastern Turkey. He has worked as an ITN reporter, the New York correspondent of the old Daily Express, and - for twenty years - on The Times. No stranger to misadventure, he has twice been held in secret police cells and has also been hijacked by Arab terrorists. His works have been translated into fourteen languages.
    Review quote
    'Recounted with great skill ... opens a window onto a fascinating world' Financial Times 'Highly readable and elegant' Times Literary Supplement