Aug 18, 2011

Book review: "The Silk Road in World History" by Xinru Liu

The book is interesting because:
  • It gives a detailed but succinct view of Chinese (and other Eurasian societies) ancient social and economic history. 
  • It describes how commerce, in some occasions, was used as a mechanism to create a peaceful relationship between Chinese agricultural societies and nomad groups of the north before and during the Han Dynasty.
  • It shows how religion, and particularly Buddhism, expanded from India to China trhough the trade routes of Chinese silk and other goods.
  • Describes very briefly the raise and fall of the Mongol Empire. 
The Oxford University Press review is here.

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