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The Silk road : a new history

Label
The Silk road : a new history
Title
The Silk road
Title remainder
a new history
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China to Rome. The reality was different-and far more interesting-as revealed in this new history. In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the remarkable archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. For centuries, key records remained hidden-sometimes deliberately buried by bureaucrats for safe keeping. But the sands of the Taklamakan Desert have revealed fascinating material, sometimes preserved by illiterate locals who recycled official documents to make insoles for shoes or garments for the dead. 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 and the Roman Empire had very little direct trade. 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, invented in China before Julius Caesar was born, 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. The Silk Road is a fascinating story of archeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the intricate chains across Central Asia and China
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Hansen, Valerie
Illustrations
  • charts
  • photographs
Index
no index present
LC call number
DS33.1 .H36 2015
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Silk Road
  • Silk Road
  • Silk Road
  • Silk Road
  • Historic sites
  • Trade routes
Target audience
general
Label
The Silk road : a new history
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Library binding
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-290) and indexes
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • At the Corssroads of Central Asia
  • Gateway to the Langugaes of the Silk Road
  • Modway Between China and Iran
  • Homeland of the Sogdians, the Silk Road Traders
  • The Cosmopolitan Termius of the Silk Road
  • The Time Campsule of Silk Road History
  • Entryway into Xinjiang for Buddhism and Islam
Control code
ocn892040830
Dimensions
24cm.
Edition
First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2015.
Extent
xv, 304 pages; 16 pages color plates,
Isbn
9780190218423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
charts, maps (some color), photographs (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)892040830
Label
The Silk road : a new history
Publication
Note
Library binding
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [243]-290) and indexes
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • At the Corssroads of Central Asia
  • Gateway to the Langugaes of the Silk Road
  • Modway Between China and Iran
  • Homeland of the Sogdians, the Silk Road Traders
  • The Cosmopolitan Termius of the Silk Road
  • The Time Campsule of Silk Road History
  • Entryway into Xinjiang for Buddhism and Islam
Control code
ocn892040830
Dimensions
24cm.
Edition
First issued as an Oxford University Press paperback, 2015.
Extent
xv, 304 pages; 16 pages color plates,
Isbn
9780190218423
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
charts, maps (some color), photographs (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)892040830

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