Item description for Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants by Luce Boulnois...
To the modern reader, the Silk Road conjures up images of fabled cities and exotic lands, of long-gone empires and great conquerors. 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? 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. * Written by an internationally-renowned authority on the Silk Road who has spent a lifetime researching and writing on the subject * The author's knowledge of both Russian and Chinese enables her to make use of sources previously unavailable to western readers * Translated from the best-selling French edition. Previous editions have been best-sellers and are available in almost a dozen languages * Listing of selected museums around the world where Silk Road treasures may best be seen * 26 color photographs * 15 easy-to-read maps
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Studio: Odyssey Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.11" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.42" Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2005
Publisher Odyssey Publications
ISBN 9622177212 ISBN13 9789622177215
Availability 0 units.
More About Luce Boulnois
World-renowned French historian Luce Boulnois (deceased) researched Chinese and Russian archives to unravel the Silk Road's mysteries.
Reviews - What do customers think about Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants?
All i needed Mar 10, 2008
Got to me in a decent enough time and nothing was wrong with the book so i would say overall pretty good.
How to bring history alive May 7, 2007
This is a fascinating coverage of a area, region call it what you may. The Silk Road has been part of the adventure stories that we have come across over many years, not knowing much about it; but we have thought that one day we might just get there ourselves.
Purchased with the idea that if I am going to visit this area, and I will in the not too distant future, this is the ideal book to read, savior and be intrigued with the Monks Warriors & Merchants that have gone before us.
If only I could pronounce the names - but then that is another book, another read.
Cross Cultural Jan 9, 2007
This is the book I wish I had written. I have traveled in most of these countries and studied their history and culture. I was so thrilled to see the information pulled together and the follow-through to show the outcomes of movements and trade goods. Fascinating. Loved it!!
how silk came west Apr 12, 2006
This book is a fantastic cultural adventure and should be read by anyone interested in cross-cultural relationships. More than a topographical description of the silk road, it is a gallop though history explaining paths taken by silk to get to Europe. It starts in prehistoric china and ends with the Karakorum highway, synthetizing in twenty chapters the reasons for the often difficult diffusion of luxury products from the Far East. The author, that evidently knows well chinese history and mentality, takes us by hand into the ancient cinese political issues as to foreign commerce, the fundamental role played by Iranians, byzantines and arabs during the Middle Ages up to the wary reciprocal opening of European and Cinese worlds due to brave and curious travelers. So we meet princesses, monks and merchants and get to know their fascinanting stories. One point of force of the book is the meticulous and modern analysis of these travel tales, so we have a critical perspective of what has come down in history and makes up our cultural background. Marco Polo get's revisited and also less well known ancient and modern travelers are cited. Boulnois loves silk (her detailed description of materials of the old world and how they were made is enlightening)and its history, so she brings us to her country, France, and to the evolution of the silk industry in the XIX and XX century. And this somehow closes the circle of the story of this precious tissue that reached its apogeum in the last century. The book however is much more than this and carries a great amount of information. It could be described actually as a textbook on the history of silk. It is well written even if not too easy to read, and sometimes it is a little repetitive. I enjoyed it very much and feel enriched by its reading.