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The prehistory of the Silk Road

Author: E E Kuzʹmina; Victor H Mair
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2008.
Series: Encounters with Asia.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Silk Road served to connect the diverse geographies and populations of China, the Eurasian Steppe, Central Asia, India, Western Asia, and Europe. The majority of the Silk Road routes passed  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E E Kuzʹmina; Victor H Mair
ISBN: 9780812240412 0812240413
OCLC Number: 244814838
Description: xii, 248 p. : ill., cartes ; 24 cm.
Contents: The dynamics of the Eurasian steppe ecology --
Economic developments in the Ponto-Caspian steppe --
The first stage of the food-producing economy --
The second stage of the food-producing economy --
The domestication and early use of the horse --
The development of the pit-grave cultural community --
The spread of wheeled transport: a prerequisite to the opening of the Great Silk Road routes --
The Eurasian steppe in the Bronze Age --
Proto-urban culture in the Urals --
The chariots of the Eurasian steppe --
The crisis of complex economy, the development of nomadism in the Eurasian steppe, and the origins of the Great Silk Road routes --
The origin and spread of the Bactrian camel --
Archaeological cultures of southern Central Asia --
Southern Turkmenistan --
The lower and middle part of Transoxiana --
Ferghana --
Kirghizstan --
Relations between eastern and western Central Asia --
Contacts of the Xinjiang people with the West in the Copper Age, and the Tocharian question --
Contacts of the Xinjiang people with the West in the Bronze Age.
Series Title: Encounters with Asia.
Responsibility: E.E. Kuzmina ; edited by Victor H. Mair.
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"A major advance in the field of the early history and archaeology of central Asia."-Nicola Di Cosmo, Institute for Advanced Study

 
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