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Description - A History of the Silk Road by

The Silk Road is a route from the edges of the European world to the central plains of China. For thousands of years, its history has been a traveller's history, of brief encounters in desert towns, snowbound passes and nameless forts. It was the conduit that first brought Buddhism, Christianity and Islam into China, and the site of much of the 'Great Game' between Victorian empires. Jonathan Clements guides the reader through the trackless wastes of the Taklamakan Desert, its black whirlwinds and dead lakes, its shimmering mirages, lost cities and mysterious mummies, but also its iconic statues and memorable modern pop songs. He explains the truth behind odd tales of horses that sweat blood, defaced statues and missing frescoes, and Marco Polo's stories of black gold that seeps from the earth.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781909961371
ISBN-10: 190996137X
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 220
Imprint: Haus Publishing
Publisher: Haus Publishing
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography -

Jonathan Clements is the author of many books on East Asian History and China including a history of Beijing. He has written biographies on several figures associated with the Silk Road, including Kubilai Khan, Marco Polo, Mannerheim and Empress Wu. His works have been translated into over a dozen languages including French, Spanish, Korean and Dutch. He is a presenter