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The Silk Road

Two Thousand Years In The Heart Of Asia

By Frances Wood, 1948-

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 throughout history.

Covering more than 5,000 years, this book, lavishly illustrated with photographs, manuscripts, and paintings from the collections of the British Library and other museums worldwide, 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 It also contains many previously unpublished photographs by the great explorers Stein, Hedin, and Mannerheim.

More than just a trade route, the Silk Road witnessed the movement of cultural influences. Frances Wood traces the story of the civilizations and ideas that flourished and moved along its vast geographical expanse. Indian Buddhism was carried into China on the Silk Road, initiating a long history of pilgrimages along the lonely desert routes; Manichaeism, Nestorian Christianity, and Islam also made their way eastwards along its route.

The nineteenth century saw a new interest in Central Asia and the Silk Road, as Russia and Britain vied for power on the frontiers of Afghanistan. A new breed of explorer, part archaeologist, part cartographer, part spy, was seen on the Silk Road, while some of the ancient cities, long buried in sand-blown dunes, began to give up their secrets. This book brings the history of the Silk Road alive--from its beginnings to the present day, revealing a rich history still in the making.




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Format: Book
Author: Wood, Frances, 1948-
Title: The Silk Road : two thousand years in the heart of Asia / Frances Wood.
Publisher Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2002.
Subject: Trade routes -- China Silk Road -- History Asia, Central -- History
Isbn: 0520237862
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System Items Available: 2
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Call Number: 951.5 Woo
Oclc: 53025795
Bib Id: 214173

Format: Book
Author: Wood, Frances, 1948-
Title: The Silk Road : two thousand years in the heart of Asia / Frances Wood.
Publisher, Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2002.
Description: 270 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps ; 27 cm.
Subjects: Trade routes -- China
Subjects: Silk Road -- History
Subjects: Asia, Central -- History
Notes: First published: London : Folio Society, 2002.
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-254) and index.
Contents: 1. 'A ceaselessly flowing stream of life' -- 2. Coiled dragons and filmy fleeces: jade and silk -- 3. From Greece and Rome to China - and back again -- 4. A people abandoned by heaven: the Xiongnu and trade during the Han dynasty -- 5. The spread of trade and religions: Tocharians and Sogdians -- 6. The fashion for all things Central Asian -- 7. The caves of the thousand buddhas: Buddhism on the Silk Road -- 8. Tanguts, Mongols, Nestorians and Marco Polo -- 9. A parterre of roses: travellers to Ming China and Samarkand -- 10. The great game and the Silk Road -- 11. Asia held them captive in her cold embrace: explorers on the Silk Road -- 12. Trophies and tiger entrails: hunting and theorising on the Silk Road -- 13. Securing specimens: Aurel Stein -- 14. An end to excavation: Pelliot, von Le Coq and Warner -- 15. The baby general: travel on the Silk Road in the 1930s -- The Silk Road today.
LCCN: 2003273631
ISBN: 0520237862
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Call Number: 951.5 Woo