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.
Luce Boulnois has poured a lifetime of prodigious, passionate scholarship into this seminal book. She 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 weave the history of great overland trade routes, which allowed the transmission of ideas and beliefs, techniques and works of art, helping to shape the civilizations that flourished along the way. She loves silk, its history, and all its paths to Europe. But the importance of Central Asia is not just a thing of the past, and the author discusses its significance in the modern world in cultural and geopolitical terms, including the implications of the most recent events taking place there.
For the armchair traveler or the adventurous trail blazer, this "pièce de résistance" of Silk Road literature is guaranteed to satisfy.
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Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten. Niet alleen om mee te nemen, maar ook om vooraf en zelfs achteraf weer in de stemming te komen.
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The Silk Road was never a single thread across Asia but an intricate web of shorter routes - Silk Roads - which together linked the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This guidebook is the first to cover these routes in their entirety and with it you can retrace the Golden Road to Samarkand, follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, and travel the length of the Great Wall of China. With detailed information on over 10,000km (6000 miles) of overland routes both by road and rail, this guide includes:
Fully updated and expanded third edition of this best-selling guide. Paul Wilson has travelled the Silk Road four times and made this the authoritative guidebook to the route.
The Silk Road was never a single thread across Asia but an intricate web of shorter routes - Silk Roads - which together linked the Pacific Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. This guidebook covers these routes in their entirety and with it you can retrace the Golden Road to Samarkand, follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, and travel the length of the Great Wall of China. With detailed information on over 10,000km (6000 miles) of overland routes both by road and rail, this guide includes:
51 city guides with maps – Where to stay, where to eat and what to see in 51 stopovers along the way
Practical information – For travellers in Syria, Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and China
Planning your trip – Information for all budgets whether you're an independent traveller or joining a group, and in the new edition multiple options for countries to pass through or avoid
Also includes lesser-known routes – Southern Taklamakan, Kashgar-Rawalpindi (Karakorum Highway) Marco Polo's route to Xanadu, the Black Sea route
Extensive history of the Silk Roads – much expanded in the third edition
Useful words and phrases – Arabic, Russian and Chinese
Includes 60 maps
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Tweetalige kaart (Engels en Duits) van de Zijderoute. Door ingetekende lengte- en breedtegraden is het gebruik van GPS mogelijk. Met hoogtelijnen en uitgebreid wegennetwerk: daarnaast worden ook de afstanden tussen belangrijke plaatsen duidelijk leesbaar weergegeven. Het kleurgebruik is zodanig dat je een goede indruk krijgt van hoogteverschillen en soorten landschap. Natuurlijk staan de toeristische bezienswaardigheden duidelijk vermeld.
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Een rijk geïllustreerde gids over het noordwestelijke deel van China. Veel nadruk op de geschiedenis en bezienswaardigheden, maar ook een hoofdstuk over bijvoorbeeld het nut van paarden in die omgeving of het raadsel van het wandelende meer.
A brand-new cultural and historical guide to China's westernmost region that explores both well-traveled Silk Road routes and little-explored mountain ranges.
The enormous area now known as China’s Xinjiang Province came to prominence with the rise of the Silk Road two millennia ago, of which it constituted a major “leg”. For centuries its nomadic peoples and city-states were subject to both religious and economic influences from India, Greece, Persia and, of course, China, resulting in a land rich with archeological and cultural treasures. But after the decline of the fabled land route between Asia and the West, it faded from the global conscience until the turn of the 20th century brought new explorers and newfound interest.
However, Xinjiang’s appeal encompasses much more than its Silk Road legacy. Occupying one-sixth of China’s territory, this province is the size of Alaska, or three times the size of France. It is home to 13 distinct nationalities, one of the world’s harshest but most bewitching desert regions, and a selection of little-explored mountain ranges to delight the most seasoned traveler. In essence, Xinjiang offers today what it did 2,000 years ago—a chance for adventurous souls to explore a faraway land filled with wonders. This book represents your first step on that exciting journey.
240 full-color illustrations and 14 maps
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