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Silk road : a new history

Author: Valerie Hansen
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 remarkable archeological finds that revolutionize  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Local history
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Valerie Hansen
ISBN: 0190218428 9780190218423
OCLC Number: 892040830
Awards: Winner of Winner of the IBP Reading Committee Teaching Tool Accolade in the Humanities of the International Convention of Asia Scholars Winner of the Gustav Ranis Prize of Yale University .
Description: xv, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; 1. At the Crossroads of Central Asia: The Kingdom of Kroraina ; 2. Gateway to the Languages of the Silk Road: Kucha and the Kizil Caves ; 3. Midway Between China and Iran: Turfan ; 4. Homeland of the Sogdians, the Silk Road Traders: Samarkand and Sogdiana ; 5. The Cosmopolitan Terminus of the Silk Road: Historic Chang'an, Modern-day Xi'an ; 6. The Time Capsule of Silk Road History: The Dunhuang Caves ; 7. Entryway into Xinjiang for Buddhism and Islam: Khotan ; Conclusion: The History of the Overland Routes through Central Asia ; Notes ; Index
Other Titles: Silk road.
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