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The Silk Roads : Highways of Culture and Commerce - Vadime Elisseeff

The Silk Roads

Highways of Culture and Commerce

By: Vadime Elisseeff, Doudou Diene (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 26th July 2000
ISBN: 9781571812216
Number Of Pages: 352

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Towards the middle of the 20th century, scholarly research revealed that the fabled Silk Roads, far from being mere trade routes, were cultural highways that played a pivotal role in linking east and west, intermittently bringing together nomads and city dwellers, pastoral peoples and farmers, merchants and monks, and soldiers and pilgrims. The notion of movement is therefore central to an understanding of the relations between peoples; it is also the factor of which specialists have, for various reasons, not taken sufficient account. It is in this context that the Silk Roads Project, initiated by UNESCO, assumes its significance. It has proved very fruitful and led to a large variety of projects of which this volume presents a selection. Although the papers collected here are wide-ranging, they reveal the emergence of the concept of a common heritage and plural identity. The studies carried out under the Project have shown that identity, seen from a long-term perspective, cannot be viewed as a ghetto or an enclosure, but as the result of a whole process of synthesis and encounter between peoples and cultures. (from the Introduction) Vadim Elisseeff was Chairman of the UNESCO International Consultative Committee of the Silk Roads during the ten years of its existence. He is a specialist in the archaeology and history of the Far East and has held a number of important posts in national and international academic or cultural institutions such as that of General Inspector of the Museums of France and Director of Research in Archaeology of the Far East at the Ecole pratique des hautes etudes en sciences sociales, Paris, and was a member of the French Commission for Archaeological Excavations from 1955 to 1968.

List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Approaches Old and New to the Silk Roadsp. 1
Perspectives on Buddhism in Dunhuang during the Tang and Five Dynasties Periodp. 27
The Expansion of Buddhism into Southeast Asia (Mainly before A.D. 1000)p. 49
The Travels of Marco Polo in the Land of Buddhismp. 69
Indus-Gulf Relations: A Reassessment in the Light of New Evidencep. 81
The Southern Silk Road: Archaeological Evidence of Early Trade between India and Southeast Asiap. 93
An Inscription in Memory of Sayyid Bin Abu Ali: A Study of Relations between China and Oman from the Eleventh to the Fifteenth Centuryp. 122
The Mongol Empire in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries: East-West Relationsp. 127
A Brunei Sultan of the Early Fourteenth Century: A Study of an Arabic Gravestonep. 145
Caravanserais along the Grand Trunk Road in Pakistan: A Central Asian Legacyp. 158
Maritime Trade from the Fourteenth to the Seventeenth Century: Evidence from the Underwater Archaeological Sites in the Gulf of Siamp. 185
The Ban on the Export of Certain Articles from the Levant to the Mediterranean Ports during the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuriesp. 199
The Impact of the Macao-Manila Silk Trade from the Beginnings to 1640p. 209
Inner Asian Muslim Merchants at the Closure of the Silk Routes in the Seventeenth Centuryp. 247
The Exchange of Musical Influences between Korea and Central Asia in Ancient Timesp. 264
The Trade Routes and the Diffusion of Artistic Traditions in South and Southeast Asiap. 272
The Development of China's Navigation Technology and of the Maritime Silk Routep. 288
Mongol Nomadic Pastoralism: A Tradition between Nature and Historyp. 304
The Spiritual Identity of the Silk Roads: A Historical Overview of Buddhism and Islamp. 318
International Seminars and Colloquiums Held during the UNESCO Silk Roads Expeditionsp. 329
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ISBN: 9781571812216
ISBN-10: 1571812210
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th July 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.55