Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road : The Search for Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia

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The Silk Road, the great trans-Asian highway linking Imperial Rome to China, reached the height of its importance during the T'ang Dynasty. Along it travelled precious cargoes as well as new ideas, art and knowledge. Its oasis towns blossomed into thriving centres of trade. However, as the Chinese lost control of the region, it began to decline to the point where the towns disappeared beneath desert sands. Local legends grew of buried treasure guarded by demons. This is the story of the intrepid adventurers who, at great personal risk, led long-range archaeological raids to the region in the early years of the 20th century. Profiles of such archaeologists as Sir Aurel Stein, who carried off large quantities of priceless wall paintings, sculptures, silks and early manuscripts, augment a narrative which also traces the fate of the works of art that were removed.show more

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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 317.51g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • plates
  • 0192814877
  • 9780192814876

Table of contents

The rise and fall of the Silk Road; lost cities of the Taklamakan; the great manuscript race; Sven Hedin - the pathfinder; Aurel Stein - treasure seeker extraordinary; Stein strikes it rich; the unmasking of a forger; the race begins in earnest; Von Le Coq spins a coin; the finest paintings in Turkestan; secrets of a Chinese rubbish dump; Tun-huang - the hidden library; Pelliot - the gentle art of making enemies; spies along the Silk Road; Langdon Warner attempts the unthinkable; the Chinese slam the door.show more

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