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The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – Illustrated, 27 March 2013
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As befits the title of the series, The Silk Road: A Very Short Introduction succeeds in giving the general audience a view of world history through the lens of biology, technology, commerce, and culture. A must read for any aspiring enlightened global citizen.
--Yo-Yo Ma, Grammy award-winning recording artist; artistic director, The Silk Road Project
- Publisher : Oxford University Press USA; Illustrated edition (27 March 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 168 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0199782865
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199782864
- Dimensions : 17.02 x 1.27 x 10.92 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 199,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this book he explores those different kinds of exchange: biological, technological, cultural and commercial. I found that my awareness of the significance of this 'trade' became very much enhanced and enriched. Indeed this 'Silk Road' exchange of cultures and products is very much still going on. How much in all our homes is labelled 'Made in China'! And how many Eastern children are learning to play western classical instruments and to bring us their performances at the very highest level.
I have long been a huge fan of the 'Very Short Introduction' series. They attempt and achieve something enormously valuable and, I think, without equal: books for an intelligent, curious reader who is keen to learn but doesn't bring a specialist knowledge and who doesn't necessarily want to invest in hundreds of pages of time and text. This title, like most of the rest of the series succeeds brilliantly. If you are curious to learn more about the Silk Road trade of all kinds between East and West across two thousand years this book will not disappoint.
I also found the American centric examples and introduction to the book very odd. Definitely not a book that as accessible or an easy introduction. Disappointing.