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Posted November 11, 2003
fascinating account of a dastardly deed
Hopkirk has written a fascinating account of the systematic and at time wanton plundering of the artifacts along the silk road during the first decade of the 20th century. Although for most of the 20 the century this was accepted as rightful and correct, it is increasingly viewed by scholars and laymen as nothing short of the plunder of another civilizations patrimony. That aside the book is an engrossing read both from the standpoint of the hazards experienced during these expeditions and the discoveries made. To set the record straight, those countries who have ammassed such artifacts should in good concience return them to the country they despoiled it from--China. Only then can a comprehensive study be made of them and the results shared with the world.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 28, 2000
'Foreign Devils' focuses on foreign discoveries
This fascinating documentary highlights early 20th century European and Japanese archaeologists who explored the cities, oases and monasteries in the remote Taklamkan Basin from Kashgar to Dunhuang, and returned ancient Buddhist, Khotanese, Sanskrit, Nestorian and Chinese manuscripts, statues and art to libraries and museums of their origin countries, before the Red Chinese began to notice the region and shut off foreign exploration. The work contains unique archival photographs of the towns, digs, people and relicts found. The book briefly covers some of the controversial and questionable tactics used by foreign archaeologists in obtaining the treasures. The archaeologists later came to be reviled by Red Chinese officials and writers for 'plundering' the region, which was used for H-bomb testing by the Chinese in the later half of the 20th century. This is one of my favorite books on the Silk Road.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.