When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the "East"
While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers--the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.--From publisher description.
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Review: When Asia Was the WorldUser Review - Destinie - Goodreads
It was reassuring to see that Xians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists agreed that travel is a necessary part of becoming an educated person. Shira Destinie MEOW Date: Saturday, June 9. 12014 HE (Holocene Era) Read full review
Review: When Asia Was the WorldUser Review - Sandy - Goodreads
A series of "Traveler's tales", describing people and cultures and the flourishment of trade in the East during 500 to 1500. Each chapter focuses on a different period of time, a different traveler ... Read full review
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