The Silk Road: Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran

The Silk Road: Central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran : A Travel Companion

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Stretching from the ancient Chinese capital of Xian across the expanses of Central Asia to Rome, the Silk Road was, for 1,500 years, a vibrant network of arteries that carried the lifeblood of nations across the world. Along a multitude of routes everything was exchanged: exotic goods, art, knowledge, religion, philosophy, disease and war. From the East came silk, precious stones, tea, jade, paper, porcelain, spices and cotton; from the West, horses, weapons, wool and linen, aromatics, entertainers and exotic animals. From its earliest beginnings in the days of Alexander the Great and the Han dynasty, the Silk Road expanded and evolved, reaching its peak during the Tang dynasty and the Byzantine Empire and gradually withering away with the decline of the Mongol Empire.
In this beautifully illustrated book, which covers the Central Asian section of the Silk Road - from Lake Issyk-kul through Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, the Kyzyl Kum Desert, Khiva and Merv to Herat, Kabul and Iran - Jonathan Tucker uses travellers' anecdotes and a wealth of literary and historical sources to celebrate the cultural heritage of the countries that lie along the Silk Road and illuminate the lives of those who once travelled through the very heart of the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 20.32mm | 319g
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 51 integrated bw
  • 1780769253
  • 9781780769257
  • 239,810

Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Note on the Translation of Poetry and Prose

Introduction: Merchants, Monks and Migrants : The Traffic of the Silk Road

1. The Old Road Through Afghanistan to India
2. Silk Road Sites in Southern Central Asia
3. The Coming of Isam to Central Asia
4. The Mongols
5. Tamerlune (Timur) and the Timurids
6. The Silk Road Sites Between Balkh and Nisa
7. The Route North from Merv to Khorzem
8. The Routes North from the Iron Gate Pass
9. The Routes to the North-West from Bukhura to Khorezm
10. Silk Road Sites Around Samarkand
11. The Sik Road Between Samarkand and China
12.Parthians and Sassanians
13. The Main East-West Silk Road Across Iran
14. The Ray-Tabriz Road
15. The Ray-Hamadan Road
16. The End of the Road: The Silk Road in Decline

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'..a wonderful reference book and an enlightening journey in itself' - Paul Theroux 'This book is a Silk Road 'bible', a well constructed and beautiful collation of a mass of information and knowledge on a truly fascinating corner of the world. But be warned: read The Silk Road and you'll want to experience it for yourself - a feat worthy of accolades and to top it all off, the book is filled with excellent, and at times breathtaking, photography' Gseographical 'A most handsome volume, admirable in scope and reliable in detail - it will serve as a treasured compendium - ' John Keay, THES 'this is a book to fascinate - not only those interested in the past, but also those keen to understand the present.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 'This is a beautifully designed and produced work - undoubtedly one of the fullest and clearest- and certainly the best illustrated- introductions to this vast and bewildering subject.' Asian Affairs "an exquisitely produced major achievement - very highly recommended' Minerva
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About Jonathan Tucker

Jonathan Tucker is a specialist in Indian and Southeast Asian art and the author of 'The Silk Road: Art and History' (Philip Wilson Publishers), 'The Silk Road: Asia, Afghanistan and Iran' (I.B. Tauris), and 'The Troublesome Priest: Harold Davidson, Rector of Stiffkey'. He lived in Asia for many years and has explored the entire length of the Silk Road with the exception of Iraq.
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