Mapping the Silk Road

Mapping the Silk Road

by Kenneth Nebenzahl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0714844098

ISBN-13: 9780714844091

Pub. Date: 11/28/2004

Publisher: Phaidon Press

Today the world is focusing unprecedented attention on Asia and the Middle East, rediscovering a cultural, political, and geographical landscape that has fascinated and frustrated Westerners since the time of Alexander the Great.

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond, traces the history of the European age of exploration and its lasting effects on these regions

Overview

Today the world is focusing unprecedented attention on Asia and the Middle East, rediscovering a cultural, political, and geographical landscape that has fascinated and frustrated Westerners since the time of Alexander the Great.

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond, traces the history of the European age of exploration and its lasting effects on these regions through beautifully rendered and imaginative maps drawn by explorers, merchants, and colonial administrators of the time. The book focuses on both maritime exploration and overland discovery via the ancient Silk Road, a network of trading posts that encompassed China, Tibet, Pakistan, India, Kurdistan, Iraq, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and dozens of other places known in ancient times by fabled names, including Abyssinia, Malacca, Macassar, Siam, and Cathay. The maps provide visual keys to the fascinating history of Asia and the Middle East; illuminating a cast of historical figures ranging from great leaders (the Queen of Sheba, Mohammed the prophet, King Charles V) to legendary explorers (Marco Polo, Columbus, Magellan, Sir Francis Drake, Capt. James Cook) and influential cartographers.

Mapping the Silk Road and Beyond, depicts over eighty maps organized chronologically, from Alexander the Great's map of the world, first created in 323 BC and reproduced in a sixteenth-century atlas, to maps from the nineteenth century by French and Dutch explorers that detail the growing interaction between Europeans and Eastern cultures. The maps represent the finest examples in existence in museums, libraries, and archives around the world, chosen because they depict the most important milestones in the mapping of Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780714844091
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 11.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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