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Author Hansen, Valerie, 1958-
Title The Silk Road : a new history / Valerie Hansen.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2012]

Author Hansen, Valerie, 1958-
Subject Historic sites -- Silk Road.
Trade routes -- Asia, Central -- History.
Trade routes -- Asia -- History.
Silk Road -- History.
Silk Road -- History -- Sources.
Silk Road -- Description and travel.
Silk Road -- History, Local.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 304 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-290) and index.
Contents At the crossroads of Central Asia : the Kingdom of Kroraina -- Gateway to the languages of the Silk Road : Kucha and the caves of Kizil -- Midway between China and Iran : Turfan -- Homeland of the Sogdians, the Silk Road traders : Samarkand and Sogdiana -- The cosmopolitan terminus of the Silk Road : historic Chang'an, modern-day Xi'an -- The time capsule of Silk Road history : the Dunhuang caves -- Entryway into Xinjiang for Buddhism and Islam : Khotan -- The history of the overland routes through Central Asia.
Note Online resource; title from e-book title screen (viewed January 23, 2014).
Summary "In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. 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'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 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"--Publisher description.
Note English.
ISBN 9780199978601 (electronic bk.)
0199978603 (electronic bk.)
9780195159318 (hardcover)
0195159314 (hardcover)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613888983
OCLC # 808366374
Additional Format Print version: Hansen, Valerie, 1958- Silk Road. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012 9780195159318 (DLC) 2011041804 (OCoLC)757838314.

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