The Golden Road to Samarkand by Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt - PDF and EPUB eBook
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
- Number of pages
- 280 pages
- May 24th 1973 by Penguin Putnam
- File size (in PDF)
- 1120 kB
Some brief overview of book
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.