Foreign Devils on the Silk Road : The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia
by Peter Hopkirk
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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The Silk Road, which linked imperial Rome and distant China, was once the largest artery on earth.He traveled along precious cargoes of silk, gold and ivory, as well as revolutionary ideasIts oasis cities become flourishing centers of Buddhist art and learningIn time he began to declineTraffic has slowed, left-wing merchants and, finally, its cities disappeared under the sands of the desert to oblivion for a thousand yearsBut legends have grown from lost cities filled with treasures and guarded by demonsIn 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 RoadHuge murals, sculptures and precious manuscripts were taken, literally by the ton, and are today scattered throughout museums in a dozen countries.Peter Hopkirk tells the story of the fearless men who, at the risk of their lives, allowed these long-range archaeological raids, incur the wrath of the Chinese survival
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