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The Heart of a Continent1

Naturevolume 105pages330332 (1920) | Download Citation



“CENTRAL ASIA” used to conjure up in the imagination thoughts of lonely and mysterious frontiers between three great Asiatic Empires, of strange doings in unheard-of valleys on the Pamirs, of long-dead conquerors, and of strange capitals at the back of the world. Even now, in 1920, the heart of Asia is a storm centre, for it forms the meeting-place of the civilisations of the remote past—China; of the present—Great Britain; and of the future?—Bolshevism.


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