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Author Hansen, Valerie, 1958-

Title The Silk Road : a new history / Valerie Hansen
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2012]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
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"--Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-290) and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from e-book title screen (viewed January 23, 2014)
Subject Historic sites -- Silk Road
Trade routes -- Asia, Central -- History
Trade routes -- Asia -- History
HISTORY -- Asia -- General.
Historic sites
Trade routes
Silk Road -- History
Silk Road -- History -- Sources
Silk Road -- Description and travel
Silk Road -- History, Local
Central Asia
Asia -- Silk Road
Genre/Form Electronic books
Local history
Thèses et écrits académiques.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011041804
ISBN 9780199978601