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The Silk Road : two thousand years in the heart of Asia

Author: Frances Wood
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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The Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes stretching across Central Asia to Europe, evokes exotic images of camel trains laden with bales of fine Chinese silk, spices, and perfume, of desert oases surrounded by snow-capped mountains, of bustling markets thronging with travellers buying and selling grapes, coriander, Baltic amber, and Mediterranean coral. Along this route, silks were sent from China to ancient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Frances Wood
OCLC Number: 56981937
Notes: Originally published: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
Originally published: London : Folio Society, 2002.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital, mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Ceaselessly flowing stream of life --
Coiled dragons and filmy fleeces, jade and silk --
From Greece and Rome to China, and back again --
People abandoned by heaven, the Xiongnu and trade during the Han dynasty --
Spread of trade and religions, Tocharians and Sogdians --
Fashion for all things Central Asian --
Caves of the thousand buddhas, Buddhism on the Silk Road --
Tanguts, Mongols, Nestorians and Marco Polo --
Parterre of roses, travellers to Ming China and Samarkand --
Great game and the Silk Road --
Asia held them captive in her cold embrace, explorers on the Silk Road --
Trophies and tiger entrails, hunting and theorising on the Silk Road --
Securing specimens: Aurel Stein --
End to excavation: Pelliot, von Le Coq and Warner --
Baby general, travel on the Silk Road in the 1930s --
Silk Road today.
Responsibility: Frances Wood.

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The Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes stretching across Central Asia to Europe, evokes exotic images of camel trains laden with bales of fine Chinese silk, spices, and perfume, of desert oases surrounded by snow-capped mountains, of bustling markets thronging with travellers buying and selling grapes, coriander, Baltic amber, and Mediterranean coral. Along this route, silks were sent from China to ancient Rome; princesses were dispatched in marriage alliances across the deserts bandits and thieves launched attacks ... this book presents an overall picture of the history and cultures of the Silk Road. It also contains many previously unpublished photographs by the great explorers Stein, Hedin, and Mannerheim, and brings the Silk Road alive - from its beginnings to the present day, revealing a rich history still in the making.-Back cover.

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