A Very Short Introduction
The phrase “silk road” conjures up scenes of merchants leading camel caravans to trade exotic goods in Oriental bazaars, and pilgrims traveling vast distances in the service of their faith. James A. Millward looks at the reality behind these images, describing silks, spices, and travelers’ tales while also explaining the dynamics of Central Eurasian history that promoted silk road interactions. He shows that biological, technological, and cultural exchanges had a frofound effect on the old world that was akin to modern globalization and that the silk road phenomena continued through the modern expansion of the Russian and Chinese states across Central Asia. Even toay, the notion of the silk road still resonates, not only in popular culture but in modern commerce, politics, and diplomacy.