ISBN-10:
0520243404
ISBN-13:
9780520243408
Pub. Date:
09/20/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
The Silk Road: Two Thousand Years in the Heart of Asia / Edition 1

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

by Frances Wood

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ISBN-13: 9780520243408
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/20/2004
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 753,383
Product dimensions: 7.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author


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

Table of Contents

Note on spellings7
1'A ceaselessly flowing stream of life'9
2Coiled dragons and filmy fleeces: jade and silk26
3From Greece and Rome to China - and back again36
4A people abandoned by Heaven: the Xiongnu and trade during the Han dynasty48
5The spread of trade and religions: Tocharians and Sogdians61
6The fashion for all things Central Asian75
7The Caves of the Thousand Buddhas: Buddhism on the Silk Road88
8Tanguts, Mongols, Nestorians and Marco Polo111
9A parterre of roses: travellers to Ming China and Samarkand130
10The Great Game and the Silk Road147
11Asia held them captive in her cold embrace: explorers on the Silk Road165
12Trophies and tiger entrails: hunting and theorising on the Silk Road180
13Securing specimens: Aurel Stein191
14An end to excavation: Pelliot, von Le Coq and Warner208
15The Baby General: travel on the Silk Road in the 1930s223
Epilogue: The Silk Road today243
References247
List of Illustrations255
Acknowledgements259
Index261

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the book is very boring and makes you want to fall asleep