The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia / Edition 1

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The Silk Road was a series of ancient trade routes stretching across Central Asia to Europe, and its name still evokes exotic images of camel trains laden with bales of fine Chinese silk, spices, and perfume, of desert oases surrounded by snow-capped mountains, of bustling markets thronging with travelers buying and selling grapes, coriander, Baltic amber, and Mediterranean coral. Along this route silks were sent from China to ancient Rome; princesses were dispatched in marriage alliances; bandits and thieves launched attacks. Covering more than 5,000 years and lavishly illustrated with photographs, manuscripts, and paintings from the collections of the British Library and other museums worldwide, this book presents an overall picture of the history and cultures of the Silk Road. It also contains many previously unpublished photographs by the great explorers Stein, Hedin, and Mannerheim, and brings the Silk Road alive-from its beginnings to the present day, revealing a rich history still in the making.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520243408
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/20/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Sales rank: 955,968
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Frances Wood is Head of the Chinese section at The British Library. Her previous publications include Did Marco Polo Go To China? (1995), No Dogs and Not Many Chinese: Treaty Port Life in China 1843-1943 (1998), Hand Grenade Practice in Peking: My Part in the Cultural Revolution (2000), and Blue Guide to China (revised edition, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Note on spellings 7
1 'A ceaselessly flowing stream of life' 9
2 Coiled dragons and filmy fleeces: jade and silk 26
3 From Greece and Rome to China - and back again 36
4 A people abandoned by Heaven: the Xiongnu and trade during the Han dynasty 48
5 The spread of trade and religions: Tocharians and Sogdians 61
6 The fashion for all things Central Asian 75
7 The Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: Buddhism on the Silk Road 88
8 Tanguts, Mongols, Nestorians and Marco Polo 111
9 A parterre of roses: travellers to Ming China and Samarkand 130
10 The Great Game and the Silk Road 147
11 Asia held them captive in her cold embrace: explores on the Silk Road 165
12 Trophies and tiger entrails: hunting and theorising on the Silk Road 180
13 Securing specimens: Aurel Stein 191
14 An end to excavation: Pelliot, von Le Coq and Warner 208
15 The Baby General: travel on the Silk Road in the 1930s 223
Epilogue: The Silk Road today 243
References 247
List of Illustrations 255
Acknowledgements 259
Index 261
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    the book is very boring and makes you want to fall asleep

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