Connections Across Eurasia: Transportation, Communication, and Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Roads / Edition 1

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This first edition text examines the remarkable histories of the societies and peoples who fostered Eurasian trade and communication in the almost two millennia before 1500 C.E. A study in the early history of “globalization,” the commercial and cultural exchanges explored in this volume provide students not only with a greater knowledge of the past, but also a deeper understanding of our world today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072843514
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 1/4/2007
  • Series: Explorations in World History Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 769,078
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Ecological Context for the Emergence of the Eurasian Silk Roads     1
The Silk     3
Three Interrelated Ecological Zones     5
Inside the Urban-Agricultural Zone     6
Inside the Pastoral Zone     7
Inside the Taiga Forest Zone     10
Exchanges Among the Zones     11
The Significance of Horses     12
The Origins of the Silk Roads: Silks and Horses on the Chinese Frontier     19
Steppe vs. Sown on the Chinese Frontier     21
The Xiongnu, the Yuezhi, and the Chinese     21
The Yuezhi-Kushan in Tuhara (Formerly Bactria)     31
The Political, Cultural, and Symbolic Significance of Horses, Chariots, and Silk     35
For Further Reading     39
An Overseas Silk Road: Roman Empire Traders in India, the Yuezhi-Kushan Kingdom, and the Development of Mahayana Buddhism     43
The Roman Empire Traders     45
The Arabian Peninsula and the Early Trade in Aromatic Wood Resins     46
Gan Ying and a Chinese Attempt To Find the Sea Markets     52
The Cosmopolitan Kushan Empire     56
Mahayana Buddhism and Its Spread to China     63
For Further Reading     71
The Desert Routes: Second Century BCE To Fifth CenturyCE     75
The Hexi Corridor and the Great Wall     78
Oases Around the Takla Makan Desert     82
Buddhist Establishments on the Desert Routes     85
Desert Routes on the Roman Frontier     90
Hellenistic Cities under the Seleucids     92
The Silk Trade in Eurasia's Western Deserts     93
For Further Reading     101
Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Buddhism: Political Turmoil and a New Relationship Between Empire and Religion     107
Upheavals     108
Religions, Institutions, and Values     112
Buddhist Networks     112
Zoroastrian Networks     119
Christian Networks     125
The Byzantine Empire's Government Silk Monopoly     129
The Tang Empire and Government Restrictions on Some Varieties of Silk     135
For Further Reading     143
Trade and Communication Under the Muslim System     147
The Islamic Attitude Toward Trade     152
Islamic Currency and the Tiraz System     155
The Significance of Textiles     157
Sericulture and Trade in the Islamic Domain     164
The Spread of Paper-Making and Books     170
Scholarly Pursuits     175
For Further Reading     179
Oceans and Seas, 900-1300     187
The Origins of the Route Between China and Sri Lanka     189
The Maritime Trade of the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates     192
The Fatimid Caliphate and the Ayyubid Dynasty in Egypt     196
The Mediterranean Trade     201
The Indian Subcontinent as the Center of Southern Ocean Trade and the Rise of Cola     206
An Age of Chinese Seafaring     209
For Further Reading     218
The Mongol Conquests and a New Order of Trade     223
The Mongols and Trade     226
Cross-Cultural Communications and Trade Sponsored by Mongol Rulers     231
Tent Cultures and Textiles     239
Growth and Development of the Seafaring Trade     246
For Further Reading     252
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