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The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflicts of these two distinctivThe Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflicts of these two distinctive societies. In their quest for horses, fragrances, spices, gems, glassware, and other exotics from the lands to their west, the Han Empire extended its dominion over the oases around the Takla Makan Desert and sent silk all the way to the Mediterranean, either through the land routes leading to the caravan city of Palmyra in Syria desert, or by way of northwest India, the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea, landing at Alexandria. The Silk Road survived the turmoil of the demise of the Han and Roman Empires, reached its golden age during the early middle age, when the Byzantine Empire and the Tang Empire became centers of silk culture and established the models for high culture of the Eurasian world. The coming of Islam extended silk culture to an even larger area and paved the way for an expanded market for textiles and other commodities. By the 11th century, however, the Silk Road was in decline because of intense competition from the sea routes of the Indian Ocean.Using supply and demand as the framework for analyzing the formation and development of the Silk Road, the book examines the dynamics of the interactions of the nomadic pastoralists with sedentary agriculturalists, and the spread of new ideas, religions, and values into the world of commerce, thus illustrating the cultural forces underlying material transactions. This effort at tracing the interconnections of the diverse participants in the transcontinental Silk Road exchange will demonstrate that the world had been linked through economic and ideological forces long before the modern era....

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ISBN : 9780195338102
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Number of Pages : 154 Pages
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  • Bettie☯
    2018-12-12 20:51

    Opening: From the time Eurasians started using polished stone tools to plant and harvest crops and to keep domesticated animals, they began to split into two distinct societies divided by the Tianshan, Altai, and Caucasus mountain ranges. To the fertile south, people became farmers. But on the Eurasian steppe, people continued to herd livestock such as cattle, sheep, and horses. Their herds fed in the cool mountains in summer, where the grass was lush, and were shepherded in winter to warmer valleys and plains. Each group of nomads grazed its animals according to a fixed annual pattern. However, climate changes and political conflicts with other nomads or with agricultural societies to the south often forced nomads out of their normal rounds.After Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews & the Central Asiatic Expeditions I fancied more non-fic across the vast central land-mass, evoking memories of some lovely purchases in the Silk Road Market, Beijing. This book, although short, was way too dry for me summon up any enthusiasm for the subject. Dut-doo.NEXT!

  • Mary
    2018-12-11 17:38

    Valerie Hansen's Silk Road book focused fairly narrowly on the oasis towns of Central Asia, looked at specific documents or artifacts, and argued for a limited amount trade. This book looks more widely at the early Eurasian trade and implies there was quite a lot of silk -- and religious ideas -- moving across the Roman/Byzantine Empire, the Middle East, Central Asia, India, and China. Of the books I've read recently about this area, this was the most accessible, but also the least detailed. What details there are are often about the "edges" - e.g. there are more details about the silk trade in the Byzantine Empire than there are about Samarkand. There is more detail about silk and sumptuary laws than there is about the process of trade or traders. Even where there are details, there isn't much in the way of quantitative information.In retrospect, I probably should have read this book first and then tackled more detailed works on Central Asia.

  • Kavya
    2018-11-26 21:53

    mix and match of different material in a more or less chronological order; Buddhism sections are especially interesting. But I am not quite sure how relevant each of the themes were, or whether there were any clear cut themes. The main issue with Silk Road stuff is that there seems to be no main actor who can bear the burden of agency, aside from the Han Chinese who have left written records of their imperial agents.

  • Sara Razek
    2018-12-11 17:45

    A very engaging book on the evolution of the Silk Road, and its pivotal role in the promotion of trade and connecting empires in world history. Also, the book offers a very good introduction to the history of Central Asia which is, unfortunately, insufficiently examined!

  • Jim Walker
    2018-11-13 01:53

    This is history in broad strokes, over centuries. But who knew? The turmoil of history that followed this trade route to/from China is high drama. But trade must flow, and it did. The book is a good introduction to the importance of the Silk Road and how it impacted civilizations.

  • Lucinda Davison
    2018-12-04 18:47

    A really solid introductory book. It has a really good overview of the topics it discusses, if at some points slightly narrative. A good read though.

  • Jameson
    2018-12-09 18:39

    it was vey interesting, I learned a lot about the Silk Road.

  • Jenny
    2018-12-13 01:47

    Perfect introduction to a corner of history little-known in the West.

  • Mary
    2018-11-15 22:35

    This is a topic which while it fascinates me is not likely to be everyone's cup of tea. It mixes history, art, culture, and travel.

  • M
    2018-11-18 20:36

    A solid introductory history, but not indispensable.

  • Ryan Patrick
    2018-12-04 00:46

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