The Golden Road to Samarkand by Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt - PDF and EPUB eBook

4 from 23 reviews

This is a good survey of well known travelogues in, through, and around central Asia, from the 7th-century Buddhist monk...

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Details of The Golden Road to Samarkand

Exact title of the book
The Golden Road to Samarkand
Book author
Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
280 pages
Language
English
Published
May 24th 1973 by Penguin Putnam
File size (in PDF)
1120 kB
The Golden Road to Samarkand

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This is a good survey of well known travelogues in, through, and around central Asia, from the 7th-century Buddhist monk Xuanzang, to the 17th-century English trader Anthony Jenkinson. Actually there are two additional travelers covered in the book after Jenkinson, but I generally lose interest entering the early modern period so stopped there. If possible one should read the travelogues themselves, and I intend to do this for several (e.g., Ibn Battuta and Babur really stood out for me).

Some of Blunt's analysis is Eurocentric in an unselfconscious, twirpy way not surprising in the mid-20th century in which Golden Road was written, but pretty obnoxious now. But he means well, and is clearly taken with his subject matter. In general, this was a very enjoyable read and it contains great images.