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Author Barisitz, Stephan,
Title Central Asia and the Silk Road : economic rise and decline over several millennia / Stephan Barisitz.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017]

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Author Barisitz, Stephan,
Series Studies in economic history
Studies in economic history.
Subject Asia, Central -- Economic conditions -- History.
Silk Road -- History.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Acknowledgements; Contents; About the Author; List of Tables and Boxes; List of Maps; Chapter 1: Central Asia (CA) and the Silk Road (SR): Definitions and Traits; 1.1 Motivation and Structure of This Work; 1.2 Definitions and Borders of Central Asia; 1.3 Central Asian Natural Environment: Synopsis of Regional Geography and Resources; 1.3.1 Geographical Zones; 1.3.2 Resources and Economic Potential; 1.4 Definition and Salient Traits of the Silk Road; References; Chapter 2: From the Beginnings to the Emergence of the Silk Road (SR).
2.1 Early Development of Eurasian Economic and Political Dualism: Toward Nomadism Versus Settled Existence (ca. 5000 BCE to 55 ... 2.1.1 Neolithic Revolution and Aeneolithic Period (Copper Age) in CA; 2.1.2 Bronze Age; Southern CA: Proto-urban Oasis Cultures; Northern CA: Domestication of Horse (Expansive Andronovo Culture); 2.1.3 Iron Age; Southern CA: Urbanized Trade-Oriented Proto-states; Northern CA: Mounted Nomadism, Mobile Pastoralism, and Military Prowess; 2.1.4 Central Asian Precursor to the Silk Road.
2.1.5 Encounter and Division of Labor Between Ancient Greeks and Scyths2.2 Central Asia (CA) Under the Sway of Major Empires of Early Antiquity: Achaemenid, Alexander, and Xiongnu (ca. 550 BCE-150 ... ; 2.2.1 Participating in a Giant Sedentary State: Central Asian Oases in the Achaemenid (Persian) Empire (550-330 BCE); 2.2.2 Cosmopolitism and Economic Expansion: Central Asian Oases in the Empire of Alexander and the Hellenistic States (330 BCE ... ; Empire of Alexander: First Major European Colonization Effort in CA (330-323 BCE). Seleucid Empire: Sustained Colonization, Rising International Trade, Prosperity and Inflation2.2.2.3 Twilight of Hellenism in CA: Early Parthian Empire and Greco-Bactrian Kingdom (250-ca. 150 BCE); 2.2.3 East CA in the Xiongnu Empire: Initiation of Transcontinental Silk Trade by the First Major Nomadic State Ruling the Eur ... ; 2.3 The Great Silk Road: Linking Roman and Chinese Empires (150 BCE-350 CE); 2.3.1 China, Driven Primarily by Geopolitical Goals, Establishes the Great Silk Road in CA (ca. 150 BCE-ca. 1 CE). From Tributary Dependence on the Xiongnu to Ruler of the Eastern SR (105 BCE) The Kushan State, Parthia, and Other C Asian Participants in Early SR Trade; 2.3.2 Apex: A Transcontinental Economic, Cultural, and Technological Artery Linking Four Flourishing Sedentary Empires (ca. 1 ... ; From the Pivotal Importance of Chinese Silk to the Emergence of an International ̀S̀ilk Standard; The Kushan and Parthian Empires and Beyond: Successful SR Intermediaries; 2.3.3 Course of the Main Routes of the SR in Antiquity.
Summary This book offers a comprehensive overview of the pre-modern economic history of Central Asia and the Silk Road, covering several millennia. By analyzing an abundance of sources and materials, it illustrates the repeated economic heydays of the Silk Road, during which it linked the Orient and Occident for many centuries. Nomadic steppe empires frequently dominated Central Asia, molded its economy and influenced trade along the Silk Road. The book assesses the causes and effects of the wide-ranging overland trade booms, while also discussing various internal and external factors that led to the gradual economic decline of Central Asia and eventual demise of the Silk Road. Lastly, it explains how the economic decline gave rise to Chinese and Russian colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. Detailed information, e.g. on the Silk Road's trajectories in various epochs, is offered in the form of numerous newly drafted maps.
ISBN 9783319512136 (electronic bk.)
3319512137 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-51213-6
OCLC # 985762663
Additional Format Print version: Barisitz, Stephan. Central Asia and the Silk Road. Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2017] 9783319512129 3319512129 (OCoLC)963914275

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