Creating the Silk Road: Travel, Trade and Myth-Making by Khododad Rezakhani - PDF and EPUB eBook

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The idea of the Silk Road is an enduring concept. Originally created by 19th century Europeans to provide an understandable...

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Exact title of the book
Creating the Silk Road: Travel, Trade and Myth-Making
Book author
Khododad Rezakhani
Book edition
Hardcover
Number of pages
288 pages
File size (in PDF)
1152 kB
Creating the Silk Road: Travel, Trade and Myth-Making

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The idea of the Silk Road is an enduring concept. Originally created by 19th century Europeans to provide an understandable narrative of trade in the non-European world, it has become a romanticised term describing a route connecting 'the East and West', the assumed major powers of China and Rome. In Creating the Silk Road Khodadad Rezakhani challenges this assumption, providing an alternative narrative which does not gloss over the intricacies in the histories of the various regions, from Western China through to Iran and the Caucasus.

By confronting the shortcomings of Eurocentric historiography, the somewhat artificial and nostalgic nature of the Silk Road concept is revealed, opening the way for a deeper scrutiny of the histories, languages and cultures of Eurasia.