Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road

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Odyssey Books & Guides, 2012 - History - 583 pages
"The Silk Road conjures up images of fabled cities and exotic lands, of long-gone empires and great conquerors. Place names such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khotan or Chang'an continue to fascinate with the richness of their past. In this authoritative book, Luce Boulnois explores the encounter between East and West across the vast continental expanse that separates the Mediterranean world from the Chinese one. She unravels in a clear and compelling way the complex threads that make up the history of these great overland trade routes, which allowed the transmission across the world of ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art, helping to shape civilizations that flourished along the way. How did the Romans, following in the footsteps of the Greeks, discover these far-flung regions? What did the Chinese know of the European world? How did they manage to keep the secret of silk manufacture safe for centuries? Did Marco Polo really go to China, or was he just a clever impostor? In navigating through these questions Luce Boulnois enlightens us about the relationships between the East and the West and their influence on each other in the light of recent archaeological discoveries, while also taking into account the recent geopolitical upheavals that have swept through these regions. This book meets academic requirements while remaining as readable as a novel."--Back cover.

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About the author (2012)

World-renowned French historian Luce Boulnois (deceased) researched Chinese and Russian archives to unravel the Silk Road's mysteries.

Bradley Mayhew was born in Sevenoaks, Kent in 1970 and currently lives in Yellowstone County, Montana, USA. A degree in Oriental Studies (Chinese) at Oxford University kickstarted 20 years of independent travel in the remoter corners of Asia, and a career writing guidebooks. He is the author or co-author of Lonely Planet guides to Central Asia, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and many others and is a major contributor to the Insight Guide to the Silk Road. Bradley has lectured on Central Asia to the Royal Geographical Society and recently traveled across Asia in the footsteps of Marco Polo for a five-hour French-German TV documentary.

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