Travel Literature in the Gunnar Jarring Central Eurasia Collection

A particularly precious part of the Gunnar Jarring Central Eurasia Collection at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul is the section of travel literature on Central Asia and adjacent regions in Asia. This part of the world was once the center of world trade and cultural encounters but fell into oblivion, as the classical Silk Road lost its attraction and other routes were found for human mobility and imperialistic conquests. However, the situation changed once again due to emerging great-power games and Inner Asian territories becoming trophies of England, Russia and China. The number of Western travelers to the regions increased. Their missions differed – some of the travelers being agents sent out by their governments, others independent adventurers. Many of them were accomplished drawers and cartographers, like the Scandinavian explorers Sven Hedin from Sweden and Gustaf Mannerheim from Finland.

All of the most renowned accounts of expeditions through Asia from the late 19th and early 20th centuries can be found in the Gunnar Jarring Collection at SRII, along with a great number of less known accounts, some of which are very rare and perhaps accessible at no or just a few other libraries in the world. Together these publications provide us with an exceptionally rich material for studies of the accumulation and formation of knowledge about Central Eurasia in the colonial era up to the cold-war era.

Selected works from the Gunnar Jarring Central Eurasia Collection are being scanned and edited for online access on this website. In the following menu, you can find all travel literature digitally available on this website. For a complete bibliography of the travel literature in the Gunnar Jarring Central Eurasia Collection and links to other digital archives, see Complete list of Travel Literature in the Gunnar Jarring Central Eurasia Collection.

Digitized Books

Across the Roof of the World
Als deutscher Gesandter in Afghanistan
Among the Cheremis, Kalmyks, Mongols…
Auf dem Dach der Welt
Between the Oxus and the Indus
Buddist’’ Palomnik’’ u Svyatyn’ Tibeta
Das nie geschaute Land
Durch Tibet und Turkistan
Durch Zentralasien in die indische Gefangenschaft
Eine Reise durch Vorderasien …
Eine Reise durch Zentralasien …
En Asie centrale a la vapeur
Forschungsreise in den zentralen Tian-Schan …
Geograficheskiya izvestiya …
Hazards of Asia’s Highlands and Deserts
In the Heart of Asia
Journey to Turkistan
Kashmir and Kashghar
Ladakh yolida karwan
Le Kohistan le Ferghanah & Kouldja
Men and Gods in Mongolia
Mongoliya i strana Tangutov
Na granitsax’ Sredney Azii
News from Tartary
Otchet’’ o poezdke v’’ Kashgar’’…
Peaks and Plains of Central Asia
Puteshestvie po Evrope, Azii i Afrike …
Puteshestvie v Kashgariyu i Kun-Lun’
Puteshestvie v Vostochnyy Altay
Puteshestviya po turkestanskomu …
Reise nach Buchara und Samarkand …
Russkie puteshestvenniki …
Shooting in the Himalayas
Sovetskie ekspeditsii
Strahlenbergs forskningsarbeten om Sibirien
The Gobi Desert
Travels and Archaeological Field-Work in Mongolia and Sinkiang
Tret’ya ekskursiya po Vostochnoy Persii …
Voyage … au camp du Roi de Suède à Bender …
Vzglyad’’ na evropeyskuyu Turtsiyu …
Wanderings in Chinese Turkestan
Yugo-zapadnaya Turkmeniya