Cultures and Civilizations (Silk and Spice Routes)

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Relations between Europe and the eastern regions of the world, from the Middle East through India to China have always been strained. This series covers the early explorations to the bustling cities and trade routes that are the foundations of our relationship with the east today.

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Discusses the opening of trade routes between Europe and Asia and explores the impact of the spice trade carried on over these routes.

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Grade 6-9-These three titles, copublished by UNESCO, look at aspects of the thousands of miles of land and sea trade routes that formed a vital East/West connection from as early as the first century B.C. Cultures centers on the intangible commodities merchants encountered and carried: knowledge, philosophies, languages, and skills. Exploration focuses on the 9,000 miles of the Spice Routes through the Asian continent and back to Europe. In brief chapters, the author considers various epochs in the history of spice trade, ending with a brief overview of the routes today. Inventions looks at science and technologies that developed in the East and spread thousands of miles to the West. Given that the topics are chock-full of adventure and excitement, it is unfortunate that these volumes fail to live up to their potential. Anecdotes are sparse; the tale of monsters and one-legged "umbrella-foots" in "Travelers' Tales" (Cultures) is a rare exception. Full-color photographs and reproductions do little to amplify the writing; the explanation of scales and balances (in Trade) remains murky without a clear illustration. The detailed time line and glossary are helpful but the lack of a bibliography is bothersome. While some readers may find these books useful for reports, most will find the presentation dry.
Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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