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Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants on the Silk Road (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)by Luce Boulnois
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Luce Boulnois has poured a lifetime of prodigious, passionate scholarship into this seminal book. She explores the encounter between East and West across the vast continental expanse that separates the Mediterranean world from the Chinese one. She unravels in a clear and compelling way the complex threads that weave the history of great overland trade routes, which allowed the transmission of ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art, helping to shape the civilizations that flourished along the way. She loves silk, its history, and all its paths to Europe. But the importance of Central Asia is not just a thing of the past, and the author discusses its significance in the modern world in cultural and geopolitical terms, including the implications of the most recent events taking place there.
For the armchair traveler or the adventurous trail blazer, this "pièce de résistance" of Silk Road literature is guaranteed to satisfy.
A sumptuous historical survey of "The Road" that also offers itineraries, practicalities, and the whereabouts of top-rated related museum collections.
About the Author
World-renowned French historian Luce Boulnois (deceased) researched Chinese and Russian archives to unravel the Silk Road's mysteries.Bradley Mayhew graduated in Oriental Studies (Chinese) from Wadham College, Oxford University. He has traveled and trekked across Chinese and Russian Central Asia, Tibet, Iran and Ladakh. He has led adventure tours along the Silk Road and is the author/co-author of numerous Lonely Planet guides, including Pakistan & the Karakoram Highway, Tibet, The Indian Himalaya and Southwest China. Mayhew lives in Montana, when not "on the road."
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