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Synopsis: 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 farflung 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.
About the Author: Luce Boulnois was born in France in 1931. She studied Chinese and Russian at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris. After receiving her degree, she spent seven years as a translator. It was during this period that her interest in the Soviet republics of Central Asia began. From 1958, she carried out research work on the Silk Road which led, four years later, to the publication of her first book, The Silk Road (Arthaud). The book was a great success and was translated into a dozen languages, including Chinese and Japanese.
Title: The Silk Road
Publisher: E P Dutton
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description E P Dutton, 1966. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Very Good. 250 pages illustrations, maps (1 folded) 22 cm. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Spotting top edge. Translation of: La route de la soie. Freda Schaeffer's stamp on fep (owner of the art gallery). Bookseller Inventory # 1602220008
Book Description E P Dutton, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Am. ed.. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 9997546792