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Premodern Travel in World History : Themes in World History - Stephen Gosch

Premodern Travel in World History

Themes in World History

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Published: 14th November 2007
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This book features some of the greatest travellers in human history - people who undertook long journeys to places they knew little or nothing about. From Roman tourists, to the establishment of the Silk Road; an epic trek round China and India in the seventh century, to Marco Polo and through to the first speculations on space travel, Premodern Travel in World History provides an overview of long-distance travel in Afro-Eurasia from around 400BCE to 1500.

This survey uses succinct accounts of the most epic journeys in the premodern world as lenses through which to examine the development of early travel, trade and cultural interchange between China, central Asia, India and southeast Asia, while also discussing themes such as the growth of empires and the spread of world religions.

Complete with maps, this concise and interesting study analyzes how travel pushed and shaped the boundaries of political, geographical and cultural frontiers.

List of Illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Beginnings to 1000 BCEp. 7
The classical periodp. 19
The Middle East and the Mediterranean region, 1000 BCE-500 CEp. 21
China, Central Asia, and the establishment of the Silk Road, 200 BCE-500 CEp. 50
The post-classical periodp. 73
Buddhist journeys, 400-900 CEp. 75
A decisive new frameworkp. 104
Muslim travelers, 700-1400 CEp. 112
Marco Polo and the heritage of Christian travelp. 134
An explosion of travel: the fifteenth century and beyondp. 161
Conclusionp. 175
Indexp. 178
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ISBN: 9780415229418
ISBN-10: 0415229413
Series: Themes in World History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 14th November 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.75  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1