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The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures

Justin M. Jacobs


This book provides a new interpretive framework for Western archaeological expeditions along the Silk Road in northwestern China during the first three decades of the twentieth century. By placing the expeditions of Aurel Stein, Paul Pelliot, Sven Hedin, and other explorers back within the original political, economic, cultural, and intellectual contexts of the late Qing and early Republican eras, the author challenges the longstanding assumption that coercion, deceit, and corruption were responsible for allowing Western archaeologists to remove so many cultural relics from China. This study c ... More

Keywords: Silk Road, Aurel Stein, Republican China, Qing empire, cultural sovereignty, archaeology, Sven Hedin, Xinjiang

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226711966
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226712154.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin M. Jacobs, author
American University