The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads
Author: Peter Frankopan
Publsiher: National Geographic Books
Total Pages: 0
Release: 2017-03-07
ISBN: 1101912375
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. From the Middle East and its political instability to China and its economic rise, the vast region stretching eastward from the Balkans across the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the global spotlight in recent years. Frankopan teaches us that to understand what is at stake for the cities and nations built on these intricate trade routes, we must first understand their astounding pasts. Frankopan realigns our understanding of the world, pointing us eastward. It was on the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered each other through trade and conquest, leading to the spread of ideas, cultures and religions. From the rise and fall of empires to the spread of Buddhism and the advent of Christianity and Islam, right up to the great wars of the twentieth century—this book shows how the fate of the West has always been inextricably linked to the East. Also available: The New Silk Roads, a timely exploration of the dramatic and profound changes our world is undergoing right now—as seen from the perspective of the rising powers of the East.

The New Silk Roads

The New Silk Roads
Author: Peter Frankopan
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2018-11-15
ISBN: 1526607433
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The New Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

From the Sunday Times and internationally bestselling author of The Silk Roads: everything you need to know about the present and future of the world 'Masterly mapping out of a new world order' Evening Standard 'Frankopan is a brilliant guide to terra incognita' The Times The New Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan's follow-up to the 'Book of the Decade', The Silk Roads – takes a fresh look at the network of relationships being formed along the length and breadth of the Silk Roads today. The world is changing dramatically and in an age of Brexit and Trump, the themes of isolation and fragmentation permeating the western world stand in sharp contrast to events along the Silk Roads, where ties have been strengthened and mutual cooperation established. Following the Silk Roads eastwards from Europe through to China, by way of Russia and the Middle East, The New Silk Roads provides a timely reminder that we live in a world that is profoundly interconnected. In this prescient contemporary history, Peter Frankopan assesses the global reverberations of these continual shifts in the centre of power – all too often absent from headlines in the west. This important – and ultimately hopeful – book asks us to reread who we are and where we are in the world, illuminating the themes on which all our lives and livelihoods depend. The Silk Roads, a major reassessment of world history, has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads
Author: Peter Frankopan
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 65
Release: 2021-07-08
ISBN: 1526623560
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

'Spellbinding ... a pitch-perfect treasure' LoveReading4KidsSet your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world.Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian, explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart - the journey along the Silk Roads.From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads illustrated edition moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe.With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan's magnificent brand new text based on his literary triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.'An extraordinarily vivid book on an often-neglected corner of history' Inis Reading Guide 'Not just children, but people of any age will find this book an absorbing read' New York Journal of Books 'Peter Frankopan's text is pitched at exactly the right level for children to read and for adults to share with them. The illustrations of Neil Packer are completely captivating ... this is a perfect marriage and a book to treasure'Armadillo magazine 'Studded with stylish, evocative illustrations from Neil Packer ... this is an ambitious account that nevertheless tackles big themes in a friendly, accessible way'History Revealed magazine

Letters from the Silk Roads

Letters from the Silk Roads
Author: Eiji Hattori
Publsiher: University Press of Amer
Total Pages: 194
Release: 2000
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Letters from the Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

Even today there are echoes, memories, and impacts from the silk roads that affect whole cultures and civilizations and sometimes spell the difference between war and peace, or preservation of the earth and its continual ruin. The Silk Road is a metaphor for worldwide intercultural cooperation in the new millennium. Hattori does a comparative East-West analysis of various political, philosophical, and ecological issues, particularly in Eurasia.

Textiles and Clothing Along the Silk Roads

Textiles and Clothing Along the Silk Roads
Author: China National Silk Museum,UNESCO
Publsiher: UNESCO Publishing
Total Pages: 401
Release: 2022-10-05
ISBN: 9231005391
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Textiles and Clothing Along the Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

Youth Lens on the Silk Roads

Youth Lens on the Silk Roads
Author: UNESCO
Publsiher: UNESCO Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2018-12-31
ISBN: 9231003038
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Youth Lens on the Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

This photo album, which gathers 74 photos, is the result of an International Photo Contest organized by the UNESCO Silk Roads Project in order to contribute to the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). This initiative, which benefited from the support and valuable advice of the photographer and humanitarian, Reza, provided an opportunity for youth living or travelling along these Silk Roads to reflect on the concept of common heritage and plural identities while trying to express their views and visions through photography.This photo album, which gathers 74 photos, is the result of an International Photo Contest organized by the UNESCO Silk Roads Project in order to contribute to the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).

Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia

Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia
Author: Michal Biran,Jonathan Brack,Francesca Fiaschetti
Publsiher: University of California Press
Total Pages: 355
Release: 2020-07-28
ISBN: 0520298748
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia Book Excerpt:

During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, Chinggis Khan and his heirs established the largest contiguous empire in the history of the world, extending from Korea to Hungary and from Iraq, Tibet, and Burma to Siberia. Ruling over roughly two thirds of the Old World, the Mongol Empire enabled people, ideas, and objects to traverse immense geographical and cultural boundaries. Along the Silk Roads in Mongol Eurasia reveals the individual stories of three key groups of people—military commanders, merchants, and intellectuals—from across Eurasia. These annotated biographies bring to the fore a compelling picture of the Mongol Empire from a wide range of historical sources in multiple languages, providing important insights into a period unique for its rapid and far-reaching transformations. Read together or separately, they offer the perfect starting point for any discussion of the Mongol Empire’s impact on China, the Muslim world, and the West and illustrate the scale, diversity, and creativity of the cross-cultural exchange along the continental and maritime Silk Roads. Features and Benefits: Synthesizes historical information from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Latin sources that are otherwise inaccessible to English-speaking audiences. Presents in an accessible manner individual life stories that serve as a springboard for discussing themes such as military expansion, cross-cultural contacts, migration, conversion, gender, diplomacy, transregional commercial networks, and more. Each chapter includes a bibliography to assist students and instructors seeking to further explore the individuals and topics discussed. Informative maps, images, and tables throughout the volume supplement each biography.

Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads

Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads
Author: Sarah E. Braddock Clarke,Ryoko Yamanaka Kondo
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 739
Release: 2022-08-11
ISBN: 1350099325
Category: Design
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

With over 200 color illustrations, Byzantine Silk on the Silk Roads examines in detail the eclectic iconography of the Byzantine period and its impact on design and creativity today. Through an examination of the extraordinary variety of designs in these captivating silks, an international team of experts reveal that Byzantine culture was ever-moving and open to diverse influences across the length of the Silk Road. Commentaries from curators at key collections – including the Museum of Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian (Cooper Hewitt), the V&A and the Vatican – reveal the spread of silk embroidery and designs from East to West, and from West to East, from China to Rome, and from Constantinople to Korea. Drawing on exclusive imagery from worldwide collections within museums, churches and archives as case studies, their analysis of these unique woven silks explores the relationship between color and power, material culture and status, and offers broader insight into Byzantine culture, trade, society and ceremony. Byzantine Silk ... takes us on a journey from the past to the present, too, where Byzantine story-telling and image-making is revisited, through color, imagery and pattern, in contemporary fashion collections. Exploring Byzantine culture through a contemporary filter, the book shows how the Byzantine era still influences textile and fashion designers today in their choices of materials and colors, and their utilization of images and patterns, acting as a unique source of inspiration to designers and creators in the 21st century.

Beyond the Silk Roads

Beyond the Silk Roads
Author: Magnus Marsden
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-09-09
ISBN: 1108976506
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

Small-scale traders play a crucial role in forging Asian connectivity, forming networks and informal institutions separate from those driven by nation-states, such as China's Belt and Road Initiative. This ambitious study provides a unique insight into the lives of the mobile traders from Afghanistan who traverse Eurasia. Reflecting on over a decade of intensive ethnographic fieldwork, Magnus Marsden introduces readers to a dynamic yet historically durable universe of commercial and cultural connections. Through an exploration of the traders' networks, cultural and religious identities, as well as the nodes in which they operate, Marsden emphasises their ability to navigate Eurasia's geopolitical tensions and to forge transregional routes that channel significant flows of people, resources, and ideas. Beyond the Silk Roads will interest those seeking to understand contemporary iterations of the Silk Road within the context of geopolitics in the region. This title is also available as Open Access.

The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads
Author: Peter Frankopan
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2018-11-27
ISBN: 9781547600212
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world. Peter Frankopan explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart – the journey along the Silk Roads. From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe. With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan's magnificent retelling of his literary triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.

The Cultures of Ancient Xinjiang Western China Crossroads of the Silk Roads

The Cultures of Ancient Xinjiang  Western China  Crossroads of the Silk Roads
Author: Alison Betts,Marika Vicziany,Peter Weiming Jia,Angelo Andrea Di Castro
Publsiher: Archaeopress Publishing Ltd
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2019-12-19
ISBN: 1789694078
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cultures of Ancient Xinjiang Western China Crossroads of the Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

One of the least known but culturally rich and complex regions located at the heart of Asia, Xinjiang was a hub for the Silk Roads, serving international links between cultures to the west, east, north and south. Trade, artefacts, foods, technologies, ideas, beliefs, animals and people traversed the glacier covered mountain and desert boundaries.

The Silk Road

The Silk Road
Author: Valerie Hansen
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 337
Release: 2015
ISBN: 0190218428
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Road Book Excerpt:

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 our understanding of these trade routes. For centuries, key records remained hidden--sometimes deliberately buried by bureaucrats for safe keeping. But the sands of the Taklamakan Desert have revealed fascinating material, sometimes preserved by illiterate locals who recycled official documents to make insoles for shoes or garments for the dead. Hansen explores seven oases along the road, from Xi'an to Samarkand, where merchants, envoys, pilgrims, and travelers mixed in cosmopolitan communities, tolerant of religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. There was no single, continuous road, but a chain of markets that traded between east and west. China and the Roman Empire had very little direct trade. China's main partners were the peoples of modern-day Iran, whose tombs in China reveal much about their Zoroastrian beliefs. Silk was not the most important good on the road; paper, invented in China before Julius Caesar was born, had a bigger impact in Europe, while metals, spices, and glass were just as important as silk. Perhaps most significant of all was the road's transmission of ideas, technologies, and artistic motifs. The Silk Road is a fascinating story of archeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the intricate chains across Central Asia and China.

Teaching the Silk Road

Teaching the Silk Road
Author: Jacqueline M. Moore,Rebecca Woodward Wendelken
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 259
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN: 1438431031
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Teaching the Silk Road Book Excerpt:

Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about China’s Silk Road. The romance of the Silk Road journey, with its exotic locales and luxury goods, still excites the popular imagination. But study of the trade routes between China and central Asia that flourished from about 200 BCE to the 1500s can also greatly enhance contemporary higher education curricula. Indeed, with people, plants, animals, ideas, and beliefs traversing it, the Silk Road is both a metaphor of globalization and an early example of it. Teaching the Silk Road highlights the reasons to incorporate this material into a variety of courses and shares resources to facilitate that process. It is intended for those who are not Silk Road or Asian specialists but who wish to embrace a global history and civilizations perspective in teaching, as opposed to the more traditional approach that focuses on cultures in isolation. The book explores both classroom and experiential learning and is intentionally interdisciplinary. Each essay focuses on pedagogical strategies or themes that teachers can use to bring the Silk Road into the classroom. “Based on years of experience, the authors of Teaching the Silk Road offer sound strategies for both stand-alone courses on aspects of the route and mainstreaming what has been uncovered in three decades of research into existing courses in a variety of disciplines.” — H-Net Reviews (H-Asia) “This collection of essays and personal reflections allows the reader to listen in on a relaxed conversation on teaching the topic of the Silk Road. It offers a nice blueprint for integrating the Silk Road into new or existing curricula.” — J. Michael Farmer, author of The Talent of Shu: Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval Sichuan

Silk Roads

Silk Roads
Author: Jeffrey D. Lerner,Yaohua Shi
Publsiher: Oxbow Books
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2020-08-31
ISBN: 178925471X
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

In recent decades, there has been a new surge of interest in the history and legacies of the Silk Roads both within academic and public discourses. A field of Silk Roads Studies has come into its own. Consciously mirroring the temperament of its subject, the field has moved out of the narrow niches of particular disciplines to become a truly interdisciplinary endeavor. New research findings about the historical operations of the Silk Roads and interpretations of their legacies for the modern and contemporary world have broken down geographical and temporal divides that once demarcated the Silk Roads as primarily pre-modern and Old World-centered conduits of globalization. In light of these developments, the time is ripe to begin formulating a new definition of the contour of Silk Roads Studies and laying a new foundation for further work in this field. Silk Roads: From Local Realities to Global Narratives brings together leading scholars in multiple disciplines related to Silk Roads studies. It highlights the multiplicity of networks that constituted the Silk Roads, including land and maritime routes, and approaches the Silk Roads from Antiquity to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative from Afro-Eurasia to the Americas. This holistic approach to understanding ancient globalization, exchanges, transformations, and movements - and their continued relevance to the present - is in line with contemporary academic trends toward interdisciplinarity. Indeed, the Silk Roads is such an expansive topic that many approaches to its study must be included to represent accurately its many facets. The volume emphasizes exchange and transformation along the Silk Roads - moments of acculturation or hybridization that contributed to novel syncretic forms. It highlights the multiplicity of networks that constituted the Silk Roads, including land and maritime routes, and approaches to the Silk Roads from Antiquity to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative from Afro-Eurasia to the Americas.

The Silk Roads

The Silk Roads
Author: Vadime Elisseeff
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9781571812216
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

A look at the cultural, or intercultural, exchange that took place in the Silk Roads and the role this has played in the shaping of cultures and civilizations.

The Silk Road

The Silk Road
Author: Frances Wood
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2002
ISBN: 9780520237865
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Road Book Excerpt:

Covering five thousand years of history and delving deeply into the archives the British Museum and other famous collections of art and antiquities, this fascinating tour of a storied trade route introduces readers to the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of this legendary trail. (History)

The Silk Road in World History

The Silk Road in World History
Author: Xinru Liu
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 169
Release: 2010
ISBN: 0195338103
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Road in World History Book Excerpt:

The ancient trade routes that made up the Silk Road were some of the great conduits of cultural and material exchange in world history. In this intriguing book, Xinru Liu reveals both why and how this long-distance trade in luxury goods emerged in the late third century BCE, following its story through to the Mongol conquest. Liu starts with China's desperate need for what the Chinese called "the heavenly horses" of Central Asia, and describes how the traders who brought these horses also brought other exotic products, some all the way from the Mediterranean. Likewise, the Roman Empire, as a result of its imperial ambition as well as the desire of its citizens for Chinese silk, responded with easterly explorations for trade. The book shows how the middle men, the Kushan Empire, spread Buddhism to China. Missionaries and pilgrims facilitated cave temples along the mountainous routes and monasteries in various oases and urban centers, forming the backbone of the Silk Road. The author also explains how Islamic and Mongol conquerors in turn controlled the various routes until the rise of sea travel diminished their importance.

The Silk Road

The Silk Road
Author: Tim Winter
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 281
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0197605052
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Silk Road Book Excerpt:

"Evocative and enigmatic, the Silk Road occupies a unique place in contemporary culture and international affairs. Across the world, it has captured the imagination as a story of camel caravans crossing desert and mountain, of precious goods moving between East and West, and of ideas, religions and technologies migrating across land and sea. As China seeks to "revive" the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century, this compelling, yet poorly understood, narrative of history now serves as a platform for building trade, diplomatic, infrastructure and geopolitical connections. "The Silk Road: Connecting Histories and Futures" is the first book to critically investigate the merits and problems of this fabled geocultural narrative of history, and map out the role it plays in international affairs. Four thematic sections trace its rise to global fame as a domain of scholarship and foreign policy, a celebration of peace and internationalism, and how it created dreams of exploration and grand adventure. China's Health Silk Road and civilizational politics are among the themes discussed that open up the Silk Roads as a space for critical enquiry"--

On The Ancient History Of The Silk Road

On The Ancient History Of The Silk Road
Author: Chuanming Rui
Publsiher: World Scientific
Total Pages: 408
Release: 2021-05-28
ISBN: 9811232989
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On The Ancient History Of The Silk Road Book Excerpt:

The Silk Road was a network of trade routes which connected the East and West, and was central to the economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between these regions from the 2nd century BCE to the 18th century. This book studies various aspects of the ancient history of the silk road. The 16 chapters in the book are divided into three parts: Silk Road and The Nomads; The Sogdians, the Special Role on the Silk Road; Silk Road and the Spread of Religious Ideas. It studies the purpose and effects of silk exportation, the intermarriage between China and other ethnic groups, the origin of the Turks, the influence and domination of the Sogdians on the nomads, and the religious ideas, especially the Manicheism, spreading across the Silk Road.

Shadow Exchanges along the New Silk Roads

Shadow Exchanges along the New Silk Roads
Author: Eva Hung,Tak-Wing Ngo
Publsiher: Amsterdam University Press
Total Pages: 299
Release: 2020-07-08
ISBN: 9048541344
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Shadow Exchanges along the New Silk Roads Book Excerpt:

Long before China promulgated the official One Belt One Road initiatives, vast networks of cross-border exchanges have already existed across Asia and Eurasia. The dynamics of such trade and resource flow have largely been outside state control, and are pushed to the realm of the shadow economy. The official initiative is a state-driven attempt to enhance the orderly flow of resources across countries along the Belt-Road, hence extending the reach of the states to the shadow economies. This volume offers a bottom-up view of the trans-border informal exchanges across Asia and Eurasia, and analyses its clash and mesh with the state-orchestrated Belt-Road cooperation. By undertaking a comparative study of country cases along the new silk roads, the book underlines the intended and unintended consequences of such competing routes of connectivity on the socio-economic conditions of local communities.