Stewart Gordon is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan, and author of three books on Asia. He lives in Ann Arbor.
When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the "Riches of the "East"by Stewart Gordon
While European civilization stagnated in the “Dark Ages,” Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia’s vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas.… See more details below
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While European civilization stagnated in the “Dark Ages,” Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia’s vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500—a time when Asia was the world—by relating the personal journeys of Asia’s many travelers.
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I really enjoyed this book! Not only was is very knowledgable, but it was also exciting and interesting. It provided careful insight into the Asian world during the period of 500- 1500 C.E., and provided various accounts of several notable people. Many, if not all, of these accounts were highly enjoyable. Instead of just giving you the information, it provided the information carefully within each person's account; and, that was what I enjoyed the most. Not only is this book well written, but it also keeps the reader entertained, and that's an important aspect of any book. I believe that Stewart Gordon does a fine job providing the reader with knowledge of Asia (from the time period of 500- 1500 C.E.). He provides important information about economic activites, society, religion(s), culture, and more in the Asian world. He also goes in depth about the people and important events of this time frame. Stewart Gordon did an amazing job compiling this book.
AP World History Review: a description of your opinion of the book. I believe this book is an excellent book for many reasons. First off Gordon didn't just write a book he gave life to a book that most people would just fill with facts. Stewart Gordon's book comes from primary sources and their journeys through out Asia from 500-1500 CE. Secondly the stories are what grab your attention. How Gordon uses the stories and the travelers insight makes you feel like you are apart of this journey without ever leaving the comfort of your home. Besides that Gordon also has traveled the same rode as the eight travelers in his book so he has some what of insight on what the travelers faced. How Gordon writes and gives his books life are one of his many gifts. He writes to let others learn without being to stuck up and lengthy. What could be more than 300 hundred pages long he condensed into something no less than 200 hundred pages. Despite that he provides insight on Asia's economy and how everyone interacted among each other. He truly fulfill his wish of showing the importance of Asia.