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This first edition text examines the remarkable histories of the societies and peoples who fostered Eurasian trade and communication in the almost two millennia before 1500 C.E. A study in the early history of "globalization," the commercial and cultural exchanges explored in this volume provide students not only with a greater knowledge of the past, but also a deeper understanding of our world today.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Ecological Context for the Emergence of the Eurasian Silk Roads||p. 1|
|The Silk||p. 3|
|Three Interrelated Ecological Zones||p. 5|
|Inside the Urban-Agricultural Zone||p. 6|
|Inside the Pastoral Zone||p. 7|
|Inside the Taiga Forest Zone||p. 10|
|Exchanges Among the Zones||p. 11|
|The Significance of Horses||p. 12|
|The Origins of the Silk Roads: Silks and Horses on the Chinese Frontier||p. 19|
|Steppe vs. Sown on the Chinese Frontier||p. 21|
|The Xiongnu, the Yuezhi, and the Chinese||p. 21|
|The Yuezhi-Kushan in Tuhara (Formerly Bactria)||p. 31|
|The Political, Cultural, and Symbolic Significance of Horses, Chariots, and Silk||p. 35|
|For Further Reading||p. 39|
|An Overseas Silk Road: Roman Empire Traders in India, the Yuezhi-Kushan Kingdom, and the Development of Mahayana Buddhism||p. 43|
|The Roman Empire Traders||p. 45|
|The Arabian Peninsula and the Early Trade in Aromatic Wood Resins||p. 46|
|Gan Ying and a Chinese Attempt To Find the Sea Markets||p. 52|
|The Cosmopolitan Kushan Empire||p. 56|
|Mahayana Buddhism and Its Spread to China||p. 63|
|For Further Reading||p. 71|
|The Desert Routes: Second Century BCE To Fifth Century CE||p. 75|
|The Hexi Corridor and the Great Wall||p. 78|
|Oases Around the Takla Makan Desert||p. 82|
|Buddhist Establishments on the Desert Routes||p. 85|
|Desert Routes on the Roman Frontier||p. 90|
|Hellenistic Cities under the Seleucids||p. 92|
|The Silk Trade in Eurasia's Western Deserts||p. 93|
|For Further Reading||p. 101|
|Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Buddhism: Political Turmoil and a New Relationship Between Empire and Religion||p. 107|
|Religions, Institutions, and Values||p. 112|
|Buddhist Networks||p. 112|
|Zoroastrian Networks||p. 119|
|Christian Networks||p. 125|
|The Byzantine Empire's Government Silk Monopoly||p. 129|
|The Tang Empire and Government Restrictions on Some Varieties of Silk||p. 135|
|For Further Reading||p. 143|
|Trade and Communication Under the Muslim System||p. 147|
|The Islamic Attitude Toward Trade||p. 152|
|Islamic Currency and the Tiraz System||p. 155|
|The Significance of Textiles||p. 157|
|Sericulture and Trade in the Islamic Domain||p. 164|
|The Spread of Paper-Making and Books||p. 170|
|Scholarly Pursuits||p. 175|
|For Further Reading||p. 179|
|Oceans and Seas, 900-1300||p. 187|
|The Origins of the Route Between China and Sri Lanka||p. 189|
|The Maritime Trade of the Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates||p. 192|
|The Fatimid Caliphate and the Ayyubid Dynasty in Egypt||p. 196|
|The Mediterranean Trade||p. 201|
|The Indian Subcontinent as the Center of Southern Ocean Trade and the Rise of Cola||p. 206|
|An Age of Chinese Seafaring||p. 209|
|For Further Reading||p. 218|
|The Mongol Conquests and a New Order of Trade||p. 223|
|The Mongols and Trade||p. 226|
|Cross-Cultural Communications and Trade Sponsored by Mongol Rulers||p. 231|
|Tent Cultures and Textiles||p. 239|
|Growth and Development of the Seafaring Trade||p. 246|
|For Further Reading||p. 252|
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