Sir Aurel Stein in The Times, compiled as this book by Helen Wang, is an extraordinary and deeply absorbing compilation of clippings from the Times of London related to explorer Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943).
Stein, renowned for his archaeological exploration in Chinese Central Asia, India, Iran, Iraq and Jordan, and for his pioneering work on the early civilizations on the Silk Road, is the subject of this compilation of more than 100 articles and news items relating to Stein and his expeditions, as printed in The Times newspaper between 1901-1943. He is also mired in controversy following numerous commentaries in China about his work in the area.
Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943) is noted both for his explorations and the manner in which they were first announced in the most important broadsheet of the British empire.
Presented in chronological order, they provide a unique narrative of Stein’s career as perceived and understood by his contemporaries. Stein had friends all over the world and useful contacts at The Times. But is there a story behind the publicity? Was Stein media hungry or publicity shy? This hidden context is explored in Helen Wang’s Introduction.