After leaving university I knew I wanted to travel but I didn’t want to travel for travel’s sake. and to read information that is up to date, accurate and readable", "This beautiful publication honors the astonishing diversity in the way cultures advance and flourish not in spite of their differences, but because of them. When I returned from my Silk Road travels in 2006, I started to write Friendly Steppes to recount my journey. I have great hope that the countries along the Silk Road can regain that purpose, outcome and outlook on life that for centuries thrived, and perhaps this time it might involve a few less bloodthirsty conquerors! The media portrayed many of the countries along the Silk Road as dangerous and forbidden. I’ve always had a thing about border crossings. 2019 Books of the Year, “A vividly illustrated tome traces the cultural impacts of the Silk Road. 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Charting a course from West to East, the book deviates from the traditional East to West depiction of the Silk Road and provides new perspectives. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. For me their exhaustive and in-depth work has resulted in some of the most compelling and historic images of streets, buildings and landscapes from the region. The engaging text interweaves the history and legends of this remarkable, and often forgotten, part of our world history. ", "A superbly illustrated volume written by 80 scholars who, in short essays, tell the millennia-long story of the historic trade routes that criss-cross half the world, from Asia to Europe. Christopher I. Beckwith: The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia A History of the Struggle for Great Power among Tibetans, Turks, Arabs, and Chinese during the Early Middle Ages Timothy Brook: The Confusions of Pleasure** Commerce and Culture in Ming China It is a country caught between rich traditions and modernity. We went on various portions of the silk road through the years so a perfect gift. A treasure house of fascinating images and hard-won knowledge.”, "Here is a lovely coffee table book on the Silk Roads, with splendid illustrations of maps, objects, peoples, arts and crafts, architecture, and landscapes. Why have you chosen to write a history book as a follow up to your first book, Friendly Steppes, which was more of a travelogue? Instead, a complex network of trade routes spanned Afro-Eurasia’s mountains, plains, deserts, and seas. Signed copies available on request directly from the author. Silk went westward. Sharing stories of history and exploration based on her 25 years experience of researching the Silk Road. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Something went wrong. But it is a book that I hope provides a succinct history of the Silk Road, explains how some of the familiar characters we have heard about such as Marco Polo, Alexander the Great, or Gengis Khan fit into the history while introducing a few others and trying to place the customs and traditions of the people you might meet today into that historical context. Lots of photos and excellent information on the subject. the Hephthlalites? In each chapter the reader also encounters the diverse peoples, delicious cuisine and delightful landscapes through both the vibrant photography and rich historical writing. . "Silk Roads: People, Cultures, Landscapes is a wonderful addition to the literature on what is a huge subject—and rather like an old-fashioned encyclopedia." Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes. Please contact the publisher below outlining your proposed media coverage. ", "The many magnificent illustrations make one long to go travelling." Supremely happy I took the time to search for a book like this. Of course, the architecture of Samarkand’s glistening blue domes, the stature of Kyrgyzstan’s mountains, the mesmerizing colour of Turkey’s bazaars and the sheer expanse of the Turkmen desert, with its burning gas crater, are impressive sights already out of the ordinary. The photographs are stunning and a real draw for the reader, giving them another insight into the culture and feeling of the region. ", The author of numerous books and articles on the Silk Roads and China, including. At its height, the route stretched from Venice in Europe to Xi’an in Northern China. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. From silk to spices, religion to dance, traffic in goods and ideas was crucial to the development of civilizations through rich cultural interactions and economic activity. Apologies, for the sideways and uppsy-downsy of the attached picts. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The author, British travel writer Colin Thubron, traveled from Xian, an ancient capital of China, to Antioch in Turkey along the silk road, blending broad historical knowledge with acute observations of contemporary life. Why did you choose the Silk Road as your travel destination originally? I’m clear that this is not an academic book. Susan Whitfield has produced a tour de force for folks like myself that like to view gorgeous pictures to supplement the narrative. China also received Nestorian Christianity and Buddhism (from India) via the route. For those interested in more up to date information, news and opinions from the region, quarterly magazine, OCA Magazine provides the perfect companion. Silk Road, ancient trade route, linking China with the West, that carried goods and ideas between the two great civilizations of Rome and China. Centered around the dramatic landscapes of the Silk Roads, this beautiful volume honors the great diversity of medieval Afro-Eurasian cultures. Merchants on the silk road transported goods and traded at bazaars or caravanserai along the way. Please try again. “The Silk Road Revisited” is an enticing new book that invites the reader to take an exceptional cultural and historical journey throughout Europe, Persia, Central Asia, and China along one of the world’s oldest trading routes. S ome books are next to impossible to review. The Silk Road is, as a term, a modern (late 19th-century) construction. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Nick Rowan is currently the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief. At a time when global politics and economy are hit by uncertainty, this book emphasises how movement and exchange fostered economic activity and cultural and political ideas. Unable to add item to List. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. Susan Whitfield (born 1960) is an English historian and librarian who worked at the British Library in London, England.She obtained a PhD in historiography from SOAS, University of London in 1995, with a dissertation entitled Politics against the Pen on the Tang dynasty poet Liu Zongyuan.She specialises in the social and intellectual history of the Tang dynasty and the history of the Silk Road. 71-92). His new book, The Silk Road Revisited, seeks to capture the powerful influence that the history of the Silk Road has left on the countries as you find them today. I considered travelling north to south from Alaska to Argentina and trying to cross every country of the African continent, but then I came across these strange-sounding “Stans” as I pored over an open map of the world. There are people far more qualified than me for that. Suite 125, 43 Bedford Street, Covent Garden London WC2E 9HA United Kingdom, www.hertfordshirepress.com  Phone: + 44 (0) 7738615720  E-Mail: publisher@ocamagazine.com. It is a series of short essays by specialists on everything from textiles and jewellery to buildings and landscapes. University of California Press; First edition (October 1, 2019). In Susan Whitfield, ed., Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. It made sense – travel and try to find out what influences this ancient trading route had had on these countries today. This book is simply breathtaking - both from the breadth of information and from the unbelievable illustrations that fill 670 pages. 2019 Books of the Year, "Sections on Christian monasticism in Africa and Asia and the emergence of lapis lazuli make compelling reading. I wanted to do something that was challenging, had an element of research and purpose and above all something that not many people had done. Please try again. Book Reviews. The Silk Road Revisited. Yet there was no single "Silk Road." The Silk Road Revisited   Hertfordshire Press (Silk Road Media) – ISBN: 9781913356071, Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey   Hertfordshire Press – ISBN: 9780955754944, Video of November 2020 Book Launch for The Silk Road Revisited, https://www.discovery-bookshop.com/product/the-silk-road-revisited-by-nick-rowan/, https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-silk-road-revisited/nick-rowan/9781913356071. Lovely quality book - really nice and detailed with wonderful pictures. . 4, pp. A chapter on history would have been nice. Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes Hardcover – October 3, 2019 4.6 out of 5 stars 21 ratings See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions There's a problem loading this menu right now. Surprisingly, this was the only book I could find with a lot of photos (color at that). I added some photos so you could see in part the detail and grandeur of this book. What part of your journey was the most challenging? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. What lessons can be learned from the Silk Road’s history that can be applied today? And yes, there have been turbulent times in many of the countries’ histories but there were also times of great peace, where religions lived hand in hand in tolerance and acceptance, alongside open trade that brought wealth and security and places where new ideas and technology spread. London: Thames and Hudson, 2019. Winston Churchill once said that “a nation that forgets its past has no future”. Reviewed in the United States on July 22, 2020. I know very little about central Asia, so I thought this book would be a good start. Read more about the Silk Road … . It follows the success of Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey, that recalls his first encounters as a traveller of the Silk Road from East to West. I have nothing to hide, but the officialdom and knowledge that your fate is in the hands of a bored uniformed officer does nothing to ease my apprehension. The Silk Road Revisited also represents the breathtaking work of a great many photographers and photojournalists, many of whom are members of the Eurasian Creative Guild and who have kindly donated their work to bring the historical text alive. Afro-Eurasia, to some of the many peoples and cultures inhabiting these landscapes over the Silk Road period, and to the uncovering of their archaeological legacy. Yet for thousands of years a famous and majestic trade route, now extinct, had passed there and quite a lot was known and had been written about the Silk Road. Silk Road s situates the ancient routes against the landscapes that defined them, to reveal the raw materials that they produced, the means of travel that were employed to traverse them and the communities that were shaped by them. The term “Silk Roads” describes “the ways in which people, cultures and continents” are “woven together”. Silk Road Rediscovery Tour of Beijing is a specific measure for Beijing to implement the Belt and Road Initiative. This is the most beautifully illustrated book, detailing various aspects of the Silk Roads between China and the rest of the world. , South China Morning Post "It is a joy to wander through almost 500 pages of stunning photographs illustrating the landscapes, people and cultures of the Silk Road . Far more than a history of the Silk Roads, this book is truly a revelatory new history of the world, promising to destabilize notions of where we come from and where we are headed next. The joy of this book is the way it encompasses this variety and beauty, without falling into the "trade war trap". The notion of the silk road is a concept which encompasses the notion of trade between east and west, a route down which very beautiful objects traveled through many peoples' lands. Funnily enough all the logistical and language challenges I faced later on in the trip always just seemed part of the fun – even having had the odd gun pointed at me by some jumped up military teenager in Turkmenbashi port made me smile, after the event of course. Shadow of the Silk Road is a phenomenal book. The joy of this book is the way it encompasses this variety and beauty, without falling into the "trade war trap". For more than two millennia the Silk Road developed a vital set of trading arteries between East and West. The Silk Road Revisited is an enticing new book that invites the reader to take an exceptional cultural and historical journey throughout Europe, Persia, Central Asia and China along one of the world’s oldest trading routes. . For hundreds of years they’d been part of the Soviet Union and not much was known or written about them, in English anyway. . For more than two millennia the Silk Road developed a vital set of trading arteries between East and West. Covering more than 8,000 kilometres, it spanned a wealth of cultures and lands, hosting many of history’s great legends and stories. Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020. The Silk Roads continue to capture the imagination of the public, and, in 2014, a section of the land routes was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The book has lots of wonderful pictures and is very wide-ranging in its content, but I have found that I need to consult Wikipedia on every page. What are the highlights of the Silk Road? "Geocultural Power vividly explains how cultural heritage and its historical narratives shape the geopolitical landscape. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. I love reading history and I love traveling through it, the cities, culture and artifacts. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 20, 2020. In that book I wanted to put some of the historical context around the various encounters I made with the local people I met on my travels. You can now order your copy today for £35! . A full moon rises over Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia, in this image from our photography archives. This is no ordinary book on history – it is a personal view of the Silk Road’s fascinating history that has made each country that once lined its route what it is today. I don’t know anything about Susan, but from my searching I found out she has written several books on the Silk Roads. . This book celebrates and cherishes a part of the world that once held more power through trade than any single empire could hope and which once again, Phoenix-like, is rising from the ashes with a reborn flourish. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Given the Silk Road's symbolic meaning of sharing and exchange, it is somewhat paradoxical that the desire to control its namesake commodity, silk… The problem was that the history of the Silk Road is so vast, there was plenty of it that I simply couldn’t add without turning my already lengthy time into a thousand-page encyclopedia! Culture and Order in World Politics Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 (ch. Chapters named “The Wheat Road” and “The Road to Genocide” stress the wartime German hunger for resources—wheat and grain, even more than oil—in their 1941 thrust into the farmlands of Ukraine and southern Russia (another “center of the world”). Reviewed in the United States on February 24, 2020, If you're looking for Central Asian history and the silk roads this is an excellent reference tool, great pics also, Reviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020. the Xiongnu? Review copies may be available on request for media purposes. . Wools, gold, and silver went east. Silk Roads is one: encyclopedic in scope and structure, made up of several dozen short essays by almost as many different authors, each lavishly illustrated with indescribable photos of objects and places. With contributions from over 80 leading experts from around the world, each chapter explores the history of trade and cultures along the Silk Roads in the context of a particular terrain – steppe, mountains, deserts, rivers and seas – to reveal how integral the landscapes of the Silk Roads have been in defining the resources, travel and communities of those who lived and traded along these routes. You’ll just have to turn your head or tablet a little or a lot to level things out. Large size and very think so great value for the money. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2020. This would have lost the real purpose of the book – to retell many of the wonderful characters’ stories as I found them. The whole book is well curated. I just don’t like them. . 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. Lydia Courteille . Following her bestselling Life Along the Silk Road, Susan Whitfield widens her exploration of the great cultural highway with a new captivating portrait focusing on material things. Please try your request again later. The huge variety of the travelers and the merchandise along these complex trajectories is handsomely laid out in this delightful, informative and continually surprising work." The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes, formally established during the Han Dynasty of China, which linked the regions of the ancient world in commerce between 130 BCE-1453 CE.As the Silk Road was not a single thoroughfare from east to west, the term 'Silk Routes’ has become increasingly favored by historians, though 'Silk Road’ is the more common and recognized name. Suffice to say, she must be well educated on the subject and is certainly passionate about it to have authored so many tomes. Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2020. BEIJING, Dec. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2020 Silk Road Rediscovery Tour of Beijing's New Development, sponsored by Information Office of … The only silk road book I could find with lots of photos. Please try again. From silk to spices, religion to dance, traffic in goods and ideas was crucial to the development of civilizations through rich cultural interactions and economic activity. So, I started to collate my historical research and decided that some of it might be interesting to put together into a coffee table book where people could try and get a distillation of the vast history alongside photos of the region’s people and places. The final third of The Silk Roads proceeds into World War II and beyond. "The Qing and Twentieth-Century Chinese Diversity Regimes," in Andrew Phillips and Christian Reus-smit eds. The book is structured by the types of landscape through which the Silk Road networks passed – steppe, mountains and highlands, rivers and plains, deserts and oases, and seas. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. To contact Nick Rowan for an interview, article or appearance please email: nick.rowan@ocamagazine.com, To contact the publisher please e-mail: publisher@ocamagazine.com, A Focus on Agricultural Research Development Interview: Yespolov Tlektes. Edited by Susan Whitfield, an established authority on the subject, with contributions from over 80 leading scholars from across the globe, Silk Roads situates the ancient routes against the landscapes that defined them, to reveal the raw materials that they produced, the means of travel that were employed to traverse them and the communities that were shaped by them. The photographs are excellent, and the accompanying text is written by a variety of experts. So the book will hopefully interest anyone who wants a brief introduction to the region, or who may have travelled there and wants to marvel again at the stories and scenery, or those who have yet to visit who want to see why the region where the Silk Road once set its course is such a fascinating place today. That’s simple – the people. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. For me, in today’s world where quite often people try to forget their past in search of the future I think this could not be more true. So, this is my new favorite coffee table book! With its magical buildings, fascinating landscapes and friendly people, Uzbekistan has a lot to offer. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Edited by Susan Whitfield, an established authority on the subject, with contributions from over 80 leading scholars from across the globe, Silk Roads situates the ancient routes against the landscapes that defined them, to reveal the raw materials that they produced, the means of travel that were employed to traverse them and the communities that were shaped by them. Highly recommended! This is my first-time uploading photos in a review, but felt it necessary to better illustrate some of the goodies in this book. Product Information. That promised quite some adventure! While largely commercial, the Silk Road provided the vehicle for all sorts of creative exchange between tremendously diverse peoples and cultures. I was wrong. . Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, + $15.73 Shipping & Import Fees Deposit to Germany. And then comes the history which The Silk Road Revisited tries to capture a few slices of – everywhere is dripping in it – empires, enlightenment and technology all emanate from it. The notion of the silk road is a concept which encompasses the notion of trade between east and west, a route down which very beautiful objects traveled through many peoples' lands. We are delighted to welcome Susan Whitfield to Stanfords for an incredible evening to mark the publication of this major new book, Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2020. Their inquisitive hospitality left me feeling embarrassed at the way we treat foreign visitors to Europe. Edited by Susan Whitfield, an established authority on the subject, with contributions from over 80 leading scholars from across the globe, Silk Roads situates the ancient routes against the landscapes that defined them, to reveal the raw materials that they produced, the means of travel that were employed to traverse them and the communities that were shaped by them. Nick Rowan is editor-in-chief of the UK published magazine, Open Central Asia, and author of “Friendly Steppes: A Silk Road Journey” that recounts his travel adventures along the Silk Road, Nick Rowan has an insatiable appetite for all things to do with the Silk Road. I sat one evening reflecting on the stories I had heard of the war and just wanted to get away – and then I realised that I was missing home and only getting further away as I ventured towards the East. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. The Silk Road Revisited is an enticing new book that invites the reader to take an exceptional cultural and historical journey throughout Europe, Persia, Central Asia and China along one of the world’s oldest trading routes. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. For almost a hundred years under the Soviet regimes many of the Silk Road countries were hidden behind a veil, and now that this has been lifted they have the chance to regain their former glories and make the most of their strategic location again – people may not be trading silk but with oil, gas, power, minerals, culture and even some ancient technologies from the past it provides me hope that the Silk Road is as relevant today as it ever was. Most of the people I met (excluding border guards and taxi drivers) were simply charming and welcoming. Best of all, there was actually never a single Silk Road – instead it was a network of arteries and capillaries that collided and divided along the entire breadth of the trading route both East to West and North to South, so whichever route I travelled would be my own route, distinct from great travellers of the past like Marco Polo. And this is where the book was born. Friendly Steppers mentions most of these because they are always a time of heightened tension whether it was trying to leave the practical joking guards on the Azeri port border or arguing with the Uzbek customs officer that my mis-declaration of 150,000 in currency was of the worthless Turkmen money rather than US dollars! Wild equestrian games, fairytale palaces and hospitable people proud of their magnificent culture - all this will be encountered by those traveling through Uzbekistan on the Silk Road. Silk Roads: People, Cultures, Landscapes is a wonderful addition to the literature on what is a huge subject – and rather like an old-fashioned encyclopaedia Some of … The vibrant colors, changing landscapes and diverse cultures of the Silk Road are often an inspiration for jewelers and artists. Distribution of review copies is strictly at the sole discretion of the publisher. They traded goods such as silk, spices, tea, ivory, cotton, wool, precious metals, and ideas. It truly is a wonderous book. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. [Whitfield] adds to her earlier contributions. The other time, when I felt really alone, was in Bosnia, a country shattered by conflict and still bearing the scars of today. I’m not a historian, nor am I a writer by trade and yet I have written books on both, so you could say I am a bit of an accidental historian! An Oxford University graduate, recently back from five years living in Moscow, Nick spends much of his spare time exploring Central Asia, having travelled to all the countries on numerous occasions, on the look-out for new experiences and people to meet. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2020, Haven't opened as its a gift for my 80 year old husband to remember the trips we took when younger. The Aladdin’s lamp ring by Lydia Courteille . Gorgeous book that I will enjoy for years. People had so much time to help me when I was lost or speak with me when I was lonely and before long an invitation would follow for me to meet their whole family. Who is behind these wonderful images?