The Silk Road: A New History by Valerie Hansen
Call Number: DS33.1 .H36 2012
Publication Date: 2012 (Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press)
The Silk Road is as iconic in world history. But what was it, exactly? It conjures up a hazy image of a caravan of camels laden with silk on a dusty desert track, reaching from China to Rome. The reality was different—and far more interesting—as revealed in this new history. It describes the archeological finds that revolutionize our understanding of these trade routes. Silk was not the most important good on the road; paper had a bigger impact in Europe, while metals, spices, and glass were just as important as silk. Perhaps most significant of all was the road's transmission of ideas, technologies, and artistic motifs.