This is a whirlwind tour of the various routes along which people and good moved between China and the Mediterranean. It starts with the earliest cultivation of silk a few centuries B. C. E., and ends with trains and oil pipelines in the first decade of the 21st Century. The focus is on goods. We learn how the secret of silk cultivation was carried from Chine to Central Asia. Various travelers' tales are reviewed, from the Chinese pilgrims to India in the 5th to 7th Centuries, to the Muslim and Christian merchants and missionaries around the 1th to 13th Centuries. The traditional routes lost their dominance when the Portuguese pioneered the sea route around the southern end of Africa. This book is chock full of facts and legends and works to disentangle these. But there is no real over-arching message or theme. It is a wonderful collection of notes rather loosely organized chronologically. It is a good overview of the flow of goods and people and ideas, with enough details that most anyone will learn a fair amount. But the book doesn't really make any overall point.
Silk Road : Monks, Warriors & Merchants
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