This volume explores human migration, communication, and cross-cultural exchange on the Silk Road, a complex network of trade routes spanning the Eurasian continent and beyond. It covers thousands of years of human history, from the 3rd millennium BCE to the early 2nd millennium CE.
Consolidating archaeological discoveries, historical analyses, and linguistic studies in one comprehensive volume, The World of the Ancient Silk Road brings to light diverse perspectives from scholars who have lived and worked across this vast region, many of which are published here in English for the first time. It contains extensive references of primary and secondary sources in their original languages and scripts. From Early Bronze Age cultures to the rise of regional Islamic empires, from the Mediterranean to the Yellow River basin, this multidisciplinary volume seeks to offer new insights and expand Silk Road studies to the Anglophone world.
The World of the Ancient Silk Road provides an essential reference work for students and scholars of world history, particularly those studying the regions, cultures, and peoples explored in this volume.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
part 1|152 pages
Landscape of the Silk Road
part 2|90 pages
Pastoral Nomads and Agricultural Societies
part 3|166 pages
Silk Trade and Caravan Cities
chapter 15|17 pages
Astana, Jiaohe, and Other Turfan Cemeteries
chapter 21|10 pages
The Silk Road and the “Cotton Road”
part 4|160 pages
Empires and Religions