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THE SILK ROAD [Hardcover]

Frances Wood
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Folio Society; 6th. Printing edition (2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KNT704
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 20 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,482,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Medium Sized Book : Turquoise Blue Binding : C/W A Printed Slipcase : Published Originally In 2002 : This Copy Is The 2007 , 6th. Printing :

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THE SILK ROAD, or Roads, is one of the most evocative of names, conjuring visions of camels laden with bales of luxurious brocades and diaphanous silks in all the colours of the rainbow. Read the first page
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it seems. 23 Sep 2007
I was a little disappointed by this book. It does focus very much on the Chinese end of the Silk Road and the western end and even the middle (including, for example, the historical development of the silk road cities of Khiva, Bukhara & Samarkand) are neglected by comparison. This reflects the author's expertise but it does mean the book is not really a history of the whole silk road. The early chapters do try to tell the economic history of the trade route and how silk and jade and horses and camels were particularly traded along it but a clearer historical narrative linking the economic trends to wider political developments would have been welcome. I also expected a map of known caravansarai and some discussion of the traces of silk road buildings and infrastructure that remain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-rounded introduction to the Silk Road 22 July 2004
By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER
After visiting the Silk Road exhibition at the British Library, this book provided me with further background information about this fascinating geographical, historical and cultural concept. Stretching from the Bronze Age to the 20th century, the author provides intriguing glimpses into various aspects, such as the role of trade, exploration, archaeology, politics and economics in shaping the development of the route. My one regret is that the focus is on the eastern end of the route: one learns little of the route west of Samarkand. Extremely well written and produced, the book is published by the British Library, and therefore possesses the high standards that one would expect from this great institution.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good layman's history 13 Sep 2013
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After reading Peter Hopkirk's books on Central Asia anything else had to set a high standard to equal them. This narrative does does gig a good account historically and culturally from the Han/Roman times to the rise of Communist China.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Silk Road 31 Jan 2010
Interesting read that would be impoved by more detailed maps re the names in the text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by British Library 19 May 2004
By Angus Jenkinson VINE VOICE
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I have not yet had a chance to read it, but you might like to know that this book is recommended by the British Library in its UK 2004 exhibition on the Silk Road (or roads).
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