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Who Stole China's China? — The Legacy of Sir Aurel Stein

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Title: Who Stole China's China? — The Legacy of Sir Aurel Stein
Author: Haas, Harrison
Advisor: Smith, Paul Jacov; Li, Lillian
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of History
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: This thesis examines the historical legacy of Sir (Marc) Aurel Stein, an intrepid explorer, world-famous archaeologist, and prolific author. This thesis offers an explanation as to why a world-famous figure was all but ignored by historians and how the judgment of his fellow archaeologists and Orientalists, historians, and politicians led to his dwindling importance in historical memory. While active up to his death in Afghanistan in 1943, his most important (and famous) expeditions took place in Western China. Three of these four expeditions are discussed in the thesis, which examines Stein's impact on his fellow archaeologists, the perception of his activities at the time in the academic and popular presses, and his role in shaping the changing Chinese attitudes towards archaeology.
Subject: Stein, Aurel, Sir, 1862-1943
Subject: Archaeologists -- Asia, Central -- Biography
Subject: Archaeology -- China
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