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Beyond the Silk Roads: Trade, Mobility and Geopolitics across Eurasia
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Gwendolyn Harper

Beyond the Silk Roads: Trade, Mobility and Geopolitics across Eurasia

This is the story of the "informal networks" established and maintained by mobile traders from the modern geographical region of Afghanistan who move goods across Eurasia in the 21st century. Magnus Marsden builds upon the historical and...
The King’s Road: Diplomacy and the Remaking of the Silk Road
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Graham Squires

The King’s Road: Diplomacy and the Remaking of the Silk Road

Since the appearance of "world history" as an academic subgenre in the 1990s, the Silk Road has received considerable attention. The causes behind this focus of scholarly attention are not difficult to understand. For those seeking an alternate...
Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ by Graham Squires

Everyday Cosmopolitanisms: Living the Silk Road in Medieval Armenia

When I first saw the title of this book, I was excited to read it. Many studies on the Silk Road focus on its eastern end in China or its southern sections in the Middle East, but few scholars have looked at the relationship between Central...
Insight Guides Silk Road (Travel Guide)
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Graham Squires

Insight Guides Silk Road (Travel Guide)

Over the last 20 years, there has been quite a boom in the publication of books about the Silk Road. The Silk Road would more accurately be referred to as the plural "Silk Roads," since it was a network of roads rather than a single highway...
Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE – 250 CE
Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ by Graham Squires

Empires of Ancient Eurasia: The First Silk Roads Era, 100 BCE – 250 CE

In the book's Introduction, Craig Benjamin writes that, between the 2nd century BCE and the mid-3rd century CE, the Silk Roads linked together many cultures and communities throughout Afro-Eurasia. This is the “First Silk Roads Era,” which...
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Book Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ by Eric Andro Walls

Islam in China: : History, Spread and Culture, A Pictorial Book

Islam filtered into the Chinese consciousness and sphere of influence almost as soon as it arose from the desert sands of the Middle East in the 7th century CE. Islam in China: History, Spread and Culture is a general overview of the rich...
The Silk Road: A New History
Book Review by Joshua J. Mark

The Silk Road: A New History

The Silk Road was a network of trade routes, formally established during the Han Dynasty of China, which linked the regions of the ancient world in commerce. As the Silk Road was not a single thoroughfare from east to west, the term 'Silk...
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