The Silk Road

The Silk Road

A New History

eBook - 2012
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"In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. Hansen explores seven oases along the road, from Xi'an to Samarkand, where merchants, envoys, pilgrims, and travelers mixed in cosmopolitan communities, tolerant of religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. There was no single, continuous road, but a chain of markets that traded between east and west. China's main partners were the peoples of modern-day Iran, whose tombs in China reveal much about their Zoroastrian beliefs. Silk was not the most important good on the road; paper had a bigger impact in Europe, while metals, spices, and glass were just as important as silk. Perhaps most significant of all was the road's transmission of ideas, technologies, and artistic motifs"--Publisher description.
Publisher: Oxford ;, New York :, Oxford University Press,, [2012]
ISBN: 9780199978601
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)


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Mar 12, 2018

Author answered the almost mythical question what is the Silk road, what cities became trading hubs, who used it (small & local traders) & what it real purpose (exchange of culture, ideas & technology).

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