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    • ISBN:9781848546325
    • Publication date:15 Sep 2011

Foreign Devils on the Silk Road

The Search for the Lost Treasures of Central Asia

By Peter Hopkirk

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  • ISBN: 9780719564482
  • Publication date: 27 Mar 2006
  • Page count: 288
'Recounted with great skill . . . opens a window onto a fascinating world' — Financial Times
'Highly readable and elegant' — Times Literary Supplement
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