Sogdian Traders: A History

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The Sogdian Traders were the main go-between of Central Asia from the fifth to the eighth century. From their towns of Samarkand, Bukhara, or Tashkent, their diaspora is attested by texts, inscriptions or archaeology in all the major countries of Asia (India, China, Iran, Turkish Steppe, but also Byzantium). This survey for the first time brings together all the data on their trade, from the beginning, a small-scale trade in the first century BC up to its end in the tenth century. It should interest all the specialists of Ancient and Medieval Asia (including specialists of Sinology, Islamic Studies, Iranology, Turkology and Indology) but also specialists of Medieval Economic History.

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Étienne de la Vaissière, Ph.D. (1999) in History, is Assistant Professor at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. His courses and research are devoted to the economic and social history of medieval Central Asia.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The ancient network (from the beginnings to 350 C.E.)
Ch. 1 The origins of the Sogdian network : an attempt at chronological delimitation 13
Ch. 2 About the Ancient letters 43
Ch. 3 Trade with India 71
Pt. 2 The commercial empire (350-750)
Ch. 4 Sogdiana, a major center of trade 97
Ch. 5 In China 119
Ch. 6 Structures 159
Pt. 3 Commerce and diplomacy (550-750)
Ch. 7 The Turco-Sogdian milieux 199
Ch. 8 Ambassadors and merchants : the western routes 227
Pt. 4 The break-up of the networks (700-1000)
Ch. 9 The Sogdians in the Islamic world 263
Ch. 10 Ruptures and assimilations 291
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