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    DescriptionIn ancient and medieval times, the Silk Road was of great importance to the transport of peoples, goods, and ideas between the East and the West. A vast network of trade routes, it connected the diverse geographies and populations of China, the Eurasian Steppe, Central Asia, India, Western Asia, and Europe. Although its main use was for importing silk from China, traders moving in the opposite direction carried to China jewelry, glassware, and other exotic goods from the Mediterranean, jade from Khotan, and horses and furs from the nomads of the Steppe. In both directions, technology and ideologies were transmitted. The Silk Road brought together the achievements of the different peoples of Eurasia to advance the Old World as a whole. The majority of the Silk Road routes passed through the Eurasian Steppe, whose nomadic people were participants and mediators in its economic and cultural exchanges. Until now, the origins of these routes and relationships have not been examined in great detail. In The Prehistory of the Silk Road, E. E. Kuzmina, renowned Russian archaeologist, looks at the history of this crucial area before the formal establishment of Silk Road trade and diplomacy. From the late Neolithic period to the early Bronze Age, Kuzmina traces the evolution of the material culture of the Steppe and the contact between civilizations that proved critical to the development of the widespread trade that would follow, including nomadic migrations, the domestication and use of the horse and the camel, and the spread of wheeled transport. The Prehistory of the Silk Road combines detailed research in archaeology with evidence from physical anthropology, linguistics, and other fields, incorporating both primary and secondary sources from a range of languages, including a vast accumulation of Russian-language scholarship largely untapped in the West. The book is complemented by an extensive bibliography that will be of great use to scholars.

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    The Prehistory of the Silk Road
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) E. E. Kuzmina, Edited by Victor H. Mair
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 590 g
    ISBN 13: 9780812240412
    ISBN 10: 0812240413

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    BIC E4L: HIS
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000, SOC003000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15530
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    LC classification: DS328 .K89 2008
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    LC classification: 2007023278
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    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Imprint name
    University of Pennsylvania Press
    Publication date
    30 November 2007
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    Author Information
    E. E. Kuzmina is Chief Research Officer at the Russian Institute for Cultural Researches of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is the author of many books and has led numerous archaeological expeditions in Central Asia. Victor H. Mair is Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the coauthor of The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West.
    Review quote
    "A major advance in the field of the early history and archaeology of central Asia."-Nicola Di Cosmo, Institute for Advanced Study
    Table of contents
    Introduction Chapter One: Contact Chapter Two: Understanding Chapter Three: Idolatry Chapter Four: Jihad Chapter Five: Halal Conclusion Notes Index Acknowledgments