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Author Hansen, Valerie, 1958-
Title The Silk Road : a new history / Valerie Hansen.
Published New York : Oxford University Press, c2012.
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 Floor2  DS33.1 .H36 2012    IN LIBRARY
Description xi, 304 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-290) and index.
Contents At the crossroads of Central Asia : the Kingdom of Kroraina -- Gateway to the languages of the Silk Road : Kucha and the caves of Kizil -- Midway between China and Iran : Turfan -- Homeland of the Sogdians, the Silk Road traders : Samarkand and Sogdiana -- The cosmopolitan terminus of the Silk Road : historic Chang'an, modern-day Xi'an -- The time capsule of Silk Road history : the Dunhuang caves -- Entryway into Xinjiang for Buddhism and Islam : Khotan -- The history of the overland routes through Central Asia.
Summary In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. Hansen explores seven oases along the road, from Xi'an to Samarkand, where merchants, envoys, pilgrims, and travelers mixed in cosmopolitan communities, tolerant of religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. There was no single, continuous road, but a chain of markets that traded between east and west. China's main partners were the peoples of modern-day Iran, whose tombs in China reveal much about their Zoroastrian beliefs. Silk was not the most important good on the road; paper had a bigger impact in Europe, while metals, spices, and glass were just as important as silk. Perhaps most significant of all was the road's transmission of ideas, technologies, and artistic motifs. --from publisher description
Subject Silk Road -- History.
Silk Road -- History -- Sources.
Silk Road -- Description and travel.
Silk Road -- History, Local.
Historic sites -- Silk Road.
Trade routes -- Asia, Central -- History.
Trade routes -- Asia -- History.
ISBN 9780195159318 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
0195159314 (hardcover : acid-free paper)
OCLC number 757838314