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Xinru Liu Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is associate professor of history at the College of Now Jersey in Ewing, where she teaches world history, the history of South Asia, and the history of Central Asia. She is associated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of History and Institute of World History. Among her many publications are The Silk Road in World History; Connections Across Eurasia: Transportation, Communication, and Cultural Exchange on the Sill Roads with Lynda Norene Shaffer; Silk and Religion: An Exploration of Material Life and the Thought of People, A. D. 600-1200; and Ancient India and Ancient. China: Trade and Religious Exchanges, A.D. 1-600.
Table of Contents
|List of Maps and Illustrations||p. xv|
|Introduction: From the Rise of the Silk Roads to a Eurasian Market System||p. 1|
|China's Trade on the Western Frontier, Second First Centuries BCE||p. 4|
|Rome's Trade to the East, First Century BCE Second Century CE||p. 7|
|The Kushan Empire and the Influence of Buddhism, Second Century BCE Second Century CE||p. 10|
|The Oasis Towns of Central Asia and the Spread of Buddhism, Third-Seventh Centuries||p. 15|
|The Byzantine Empire and Silks in Royal Purple, Sixth Ninth Centuries||p. 19|
|The Tang Empire and Foreign Traders and Priests, Eighth Tenth Centuries||p. 22|
|Muslim Baghdad in the Eurasian Market, Ninth Eleventh Centuries||p. 26|
|Trade Networks from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, Tenth Thirteenth Centuries||p. 28|
|The Documents||p. 35|
|China's Trade on the Western Frontier, Second-First Centuries BCE||p. 37|
|Sima Qian, Records of the Grand Historian of China, Early First Century BCE||p. 37|
|Ban Gu, History of the Former Han Dynasty, Late First Century CE||p. 44|
|Documents Excavated from Juyan Fort on the Great Wall, ca. 103 BCE-40 CE||p. 47|
|Letter from an Officer to His Wife||p. 48|
|Travelers' Passports||p. 49|
|Soldiers'Work Assignments||p. 49|
|Rome's Trade to the East, First Century BCE-Second Century CE||p. 51|
|Strabo, The Geography, Early First Century CE||p. 51|
|Arrian, The Campaigns of Alexander, ca.145-60 CE||p. 54|
|Pliny, Natural History, 77 CE||p. 59|
|The Voyage around the Red Sea, First Century CE||p. 74|
|Ptolemy, The Geography, Mid-Second Century CE||p. 80|
|The Kushan Empire and the Influence of Buddhism, Second Century BCE-Second Century CE||p. 84|
|The Questions of King Milinda, ca. 166-150 BCE||p. 84|
|The Lotus of the True Law, First Century BCE-First Century CE||p. 91|
|TheAmitabha Sutra, First Century BCE-FirstCentury CE||p. 94|
|Votive Inscription on a Silver Plaque from Taxila, First-Second Centuries CE||p. 99|
|The Oasis Towns of Central Asia and the Spread of Buddhism, Third-Seventh Centuries||p. 100|
|Documents Excavated from the Ruins ofNiya, Third Century||p. 100|
|Contract for the Sale of a Vineyard||p. 100|
|An Ownership Dispute about a Slave||p. 101|
|Regulations for a Community of Monks||p. 102|
|Nanai-vandak, Letter to the Noble Lord Varzakk, ca. 313||p. 102|
|Faxian, A Record of the Buddhist Kingdoms, ca. 416||p. 105|
|Song Yun and Huisheng, The Mission of Song Yun and Huisheng, ca. 547||p. 107|
|Huili and Yanzong, The Life ofXuanzang, ca. 664-688||p. 111|
|Inventories Excavated from a Turfan Cemetery, Mid Seventh Century||p. 114|
|Tang Zhuanghui, ca. 641||p. 115|
|The Byzantine Empire and Silks in Royal Purple, Sixth Ninth Centuries||p. 120|
|Procopius, History of the Wars, ca. 550||p. 120|
|Procopius, The Secret History, ca. 550||p. 123|
|The Book of the Eparch, ca. 895||p. 125|
|The Tang Empire and Foreign Traders and Priests, Eighth Tenth Centuries||p. 133|
|Zhang Zhuo, Anecdotes from the Court and the Country, ca. 705||p. 133|
|Jingjing, Inscriptions from the Nestorian Stele, 781||p. 136|
|The Messiah of Christians||p. 137|
|The Development of the Christian Church in China||p. 137|
|Liu Xu and Others, The Old Tang History, 941-945||p. 140|
|Muslim Baghdad in the Eurasian Market, Ninth-Eleventh Centuries||p. 144|
|Sulayman al-Tajir and Others, An Account of China and India, ca. 851||p. 144|
|Mas'udi, The Meadows of Gold: TheAbbasids, ca. 947||p. 146|
|Book of Gifts and Rarities, Eleventh Century||p. 149|
|Trade Networks from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, Tenth Thirteenth Centuries||p. 152|
|Captain Buzurg Ibn Shahriyar, The Book of the Wonders of India, 953||p. 152|
|Inscription on a Cliff in the Port of Quanzhou, 1183||p. 155|
|Ibn Jubayr, The Travels of lbn Jubayr, ca. 1185||p. 157|
|Letter from a Jewish Trader in India to His Wife in Cairo, 1204||p. 159|
|Zhao Rukuo, Records concerning Foreign Countries, 1225||p. 164|
|Marco Polo, The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian, ca. 1298||p. 166|
|Song Lian and Others, History of the Yuan Dynasty, 1370||p. 168|
|A Chronology of the Silk Roads Second Century BCE Thirteenth Century CE||p. 171|
|Questions for Consideration||p. 174|
|Selected Bibliography||p. 176|
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