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Why, for many centuries, was the wheel abandoned in the Middle East in favor of the camel as a means of transport? This richly illustrated study explains this anomaly. Drawing on archaeology, art, technology, anthropology, linguistics, and camel husbandry, Bulliet explores the implications for the region's economic and social development during the Middle Ages and into modern times.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231072359
ISBN-10: 023107235X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 327
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 20-May-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - R. Bulliet

Richard W. Bulliet is professor of history at Columbia University. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is the editor of The Columbia History of the Twentieth Century and author of The Camel and the Wheel. He is also the author of four novels of mystery and intrigue.