The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By James A. Millward

The word "silk road" inspires vibrant scenes of retailers best camel caravans throughout great stretches to alternate unique items in glittering Oriental bazaars, of pilgrims braving bandits and frozen mountain passes to unfold their religion throughout Asia. the truth at the back of those photographs, this Very brief advent illuminates the historic heritage opposed to which the silk highway flourished, laying off mild at the significance of old-world cultural trade to Eurasian and international background.

On the single hand, historian James A. Millward treats the silk street generally, to face in for the cross-cultural communique among peoples around the Eurasian continent in view that not less than the Neolithic period. at the different, he highlights particular examples of products and ideas exchanged among the Mediterranean, Persia, India, and China, in addition to the importance of those exchanges. whereas together with silks, spices, and travelers' stories of colourful locales, the publication explains the dynamics of relevant Eurasian background that promoted Silk street interactions--especially the position of nomad empires--highlighting the significance of the organic, technological, inventive, highbrow, and non secular interchanges around the continent. Millward indicates that those exchanges had a profound influence at the outdated global that was once resembling, if no longer at the scale of, sleek globalization. He additionally disputes the concept that the silk highway declined after the cave in of the Mongol empire or the hole of direct sea routes from Europe to Asia, exhibiting how silk highway phenomena persisted throughout the early glossy and sleek growth of the Russian and chinese language states throughout critical Asia.

Millward concludes that the assumption of the silk highway has remained robust, not just as a favored identify for boutiques and eating places, but in addition in smooth politics and international relations, corresponding to U.S. Secretary of country Hilary Clinton's "Silk highway Initiative" for India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

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Lutes the main celebrated of Xinjiang’s bazaars is in Kashgar. this day, like a lot of Kashgar’s outdated urban, the bazaar has been sanitized, equipped, modernized, and harmonized right into a dim echo of its former self, yet no longer some time past you'll purchase apricots, saffron, tea, Bollywood-themed circumcision-party invites, vehicle components, farm instruments, felted throw rugs, silk, and SIM playing cards all inside of a number of yards of one another. a number of steps on, and also you may get your head shaved or enamel pulled. And simply around the street you'll purchase reside sheep or a horse.

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