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Silk Road

Monks, Warriors and Merchants

To the modern reader, the Silk Road conjures up images of fabled cities and exotic lands, of long-gone empires and great conquerors. Place names such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khotan or Chang'an continue to fascinate with the richness of their past. In this authoritative book, Luce Boulnois 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 make up the history of these great overland trade routes, which allowed the transmission across the world of ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art, helping to shape the civilizations that flourished along the way. How did the Romans, following in the footsteps of the Greeks, discover these far-flung regions? What did the Chinese know of the European world? How did they manage to keep the secret of silk manufacture safe for centuries? Did Marco Polo really go to China, or was he just a clever impostor? In navigating through these questions, Luce Boulnois enlightens us about the relationship between the East and the West and their influence on each other in the light of the latest archeological discoveries, while also taking into account the recent geopolitical upheavals that have swept through these regions. This book meets academic requirements while remaining as readable as a novel.


“...The travel section (by Bradley Mayhew) reflects the wisdom of an experienced modern Silk Road traveler. It is succinct and broadly impressionistic, packed with practical advice and information....” - Orientations

“...Those who want to fuel their Silk Road reveries should read this seminal book by Luce Boulnois, a world-renowned authority on the history of the fabled trade route. Into this beautifully wrought work, spanning more than 10 centuries, Boulnois has poured a lifetime of prodigious, passionate scholarship. For today's aspiring wayfarers, the book includes an extensive list of museums around the world that house Silk Road artefacts, and basic travel information and advice....” - Far Eastern Economic Review


+ Museum listings of many Silk Road treasures

+ Suggested Silk Road itineraries

+ Bibliography and Recommended Reading

+ Beautifully illustrated with numerous maps

+ Written by internationally renowned authority on the Silk Road who has spent a lifetime researching and writing on this subject

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Silk Road Monks and Warriors


Luce Boulnois - Author
Bradley Mayhew - Reviser
Helen Loveday - Translator


Publication Date : January 2008
Category : TRAVEL/Asia
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-721-5
Edition : Second Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 26.95, GB£ 18.95
Format : 8.25in x 6 in
Pages : 576
Photos : 62
Maps : 23

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