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The Silk Road : a new history

Author: Valerie Hansen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
The Silk Road is as iconic in world history as the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China to Rome. The reality was different -- and far more interesting -- as revealed in this new history. In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the archeological finds that revolutionize our  Read more...
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Local history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Hansen
ISBN: 9780195159318 0195159314
OCLC Number: 757838314
Notes: The Field Museum Library notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Marie Louise Rosenthal Book Fund 3905 (2012-Q4).
Acc no.: 256318.
Description: xi, 304 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: At the Crossroads of Central Asia : The Kingdom of Kroraina --
Gateway to the Languages of the Silk Road : Kucha and the Kizil Caves --
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 --
Conclusion: The History of the Overland Routes Through Central Asia.
Responsibility: Valerie Hansen.
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The Silk Road conjures up an image of a traveler carrying silk as he sits atop a camel and moves along a desert highway. This book offers concrete evidence for what he was really carrying and where  Read more...
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a fascinating story of archeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the intricate chains across Central Asia and Southeast Asia. * Desmond Biddulph, The Middle Way * [a] ground-breaking new Read more...

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