Silk and Empire

Silk and Empire

King challenges the notion that Britain always exploited its empire.

Author: Brenda M. King

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719067006

Category: Design

Page: 195

View: 275

King challenges the notion that Britain always exploited its empire. She presents a new picture of the trade, where the strong links between Indian designs, the English silk industry and prominent members of the English arts and crafts movement led to the production of beautiful and luxurious textiles.
Categories: Design

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes

The first book to address these subjects in a single comprehensive study, The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes explores Rome’s impact on the ancient world economy and reveals what the Chinese and Romans knew about their rival Empires.

Author: Raoul McLaughlin

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473889811

Category: History

Page: 282

View: 824

A fascinating history of the intricate web of trade routes connecting ancient Rome to Eastern civilizations, including its powerful rival, the Han Empire. The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes investigates the trade routes between Rome and the powerful empires of inner Asia, including the Parthian Empire of ancient Persia, and the Kushan Empire which seized power in Bactria (Afghanistan), laying claim to the Indus Kingdoms. Further chapters examine the development of Palmyra as a leading caravan city on the edge of Roman Syria. Raoul McLaughlin also delves deeply into Rome’s trade ventures through the Tarim territories, which led its merchants to the Han Empire of ancient China. Having established a system of Central Asian trade routes known as the Silk Road, the Han carried eastern products as far as Persia and the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Though they were matched in scale, the Han surpassed its European rival in military technology. The first book to address these subjects in a single comprehensive study, The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes explores Rome’s impact on the ancient world economy and reveals what the Chinese and Romans knew about their rival Empires.
Categories: History

Empires of the Silk Road

Empires of the Silk Road

"Empires of the Silk Road is a major scholarly achievement. This is the first book to provide a comprehensive account of the history of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the present.

Author: Christopher I. Beckwith

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691135892

Category: History

Page: 472

View: 882

The first complete history of Central Eurasia from ancient times to the present day, Empires of the Silk Road represents a fundamental rethinking of the origins, history, and significance of this major world region. Christopher Beckwith describes the rise and fall of the great Central Eurasian empires, including those of the Scythians, Attila the Hun, the Turks and Tibetans, and Genghis Khan and the Mongols. In addition, he explains why the heartland of Central Eurasia led the world economically, scientifically, and artistically for many centuries despite invasions by Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Chinese, and others. In retelling the story of the Old World from the perspective of Central Eurasia, Beckwith provides a new understanding of the internal and external dynamics of the Central Eurasian states and shows how their people repeatedly revolutionized Eurasian civilization. Beckwith recounts the Indo-Europeans' migration out of Central Eurasia, their mixture with local peoples, and the resulting development of the Graeco-Roman, Persian, Indian, and Chinese civilizations; he details the basis for the thriving economy of premodern Central Eurasia, the economy's disintegration following the region's partition by the Chinese and Russians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the damaging of Central Eurasian culture by Modernism; and he discusses the significance for world history of the partial reemergence of Central Eurasian nations after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Empires of the Silk Road places Central Eurasia within a world historical framework and demonstrates why the region is central to understanding the history of civilization.
Categories: History

Empires of Ancient Eurasia

Empires of Ancient Eurasia

Introduces a crucial period of world history when the vast exchange network of the Silk Roads connected most of Eurasia.

Author: Craig Benjamin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107114968

Category: History

Page: 250

View: 171

Introduces a crucial period of world history when the vast exchange network of the Silk Roads connected most of Eurasia.
Categories: History

The Silk Road in World History

The Silk Road in World History

Using supply and demand as the framework for analyzing the formation and development of the Silk Road, the book examines the dynamics of the interactions of the nomadic pastoralists with sedentary agriculturalists, and the spread of new ...

Author: Xinru Liu

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019979880X

Category: History

Page: 168

View: 913

The Silk Road was the contemporary name for a complex of ancient trade routes linking East Asia with Central Asia, South Asia, and the Mediterranean world. This network of exchange emerged along the borders between agricultural China and the steppe nomads during the Han Dynasty (206BCE-220CE), in consequence of the inter-dependence and the conflicts of these two distinctive societies. In their quest for horses, fragrances, spices, gems, glassware, and other exotics from the lands to their west, the Han Empire extended its dominion over the oases around the Takla Makan Desert and sent silk all the way to the Mediterranean, either through the land routes leading to the caravan city of Palmyra in Syria desert, or by way of northwest India, the Arabian Sea and the Red Sea, landing at Alexandria. The Silk Road survived the turmoil of the demise of the Han and Roman Empires, reached its golden age during the early middle age, when the Byzantine Empire and the Tang Empire became centers of silk culture and established the models for high culture of the Eurasian world. The coming of Islam extended silk culture to an even larger area and paved the way for an expanded market for textiles and other commodities. By the 11th century, however, the Silk Road was in decline because of intense competition from the sea routes of the Indian Ocean. Using supply and demand as the framework for analyzing the formation and development of the Silk Road, the book examines the dynamics of the interactions of the nomadic pastoralists with sedentary agriculturalists, and the spread of new ideas, religions, and values into the world of commerce, thus illustrating the cultural forces underlying material transactions. This effort at tracing the interconnections of the diverse participants in the transcontinental Silk Road exchange will demonstrate that the world had been linked through economic and ideological forces long before the modern era.
Categories: History

Empire of Style

Empire of Style

This first book on fashion in premodern China is informed by archaeological sources--paintings, figurines, and silk artifacts--and textual records such as dynastic annals, poetry, tax documents, economic treatises, and sumptuary laws.

Author: Buyun Chen

Publisher:

ISBN: 0295745304

Category: Art

Page: 288

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Tang dynasty (618-907) China hummed with cosmopolitan trends. Its capital at Chang'an was the most populous city in the world and was connected via the Silk Road with the critical markets and thriving cultures of Central Asia and the Middle East. In Empire of Style, BuYun Chen reveals a vibrant fashion system that emerged through the efforts of Tang artisans, wearers, and critics of clothing. Across the empire, elite men and women subverted regulations on dress to acquire majestic silks and au courant designs, as shifts in economic and social structures gave rise to what we now recognize as precursors of a modern fashion system: a new consciousness of time, a game of imitation and emulation, and a shift in modes of production. This first book on fashion in premodern China is informed by archaeological sources--paintings, figurines, and silk artifacts--and textual records such as dynastic annals, poetry, tax documents, economic treatises, and sumptuary laws. Tang fashion is shown to have flourished in response to a confluence of social, economic, and political changes that brought innovative weavers and chic court elites to the forefront of history.
Categories: Art

The Silk Road and the Political Economy of the Mongol Empire

The Silk Road and the Political Economy of the Mongol Empire

This book compares the nature of present day networks in these regions with the patterns of similar connections which existed at the time of the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century and its successor states.

Author: Prajakti Kalra

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351850179

Category: Social Science

Page: 164

View: 810

The growing importance of Central and Inner Asia and the Silk Road is much discussed at present. This book compares the nature of present day networks in these regions with the patterns of similar connections which existed at the time of the Mongol Empire in the thirteenth century and its successor states. It considers settlement patterns, technology and technology transfer, trade, political arrangements, the role of religion and the impact of the powerful states which border the region. Overall, the book demonstrates that the Mongol Empire anticipated many of the networks and connections which exist in the region at present.
Categories: Social Science

Silk and Religion

Silk and Religion

This book deals with the silk trade in Eurasia between the seventh and twelfth centuries and explores how religious ideas and institutions affected economic behavior.

Author: Xinru Liu

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195644524

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 648

This book deals with the silk trade in Eurasia between the seventh and twelfth centuries and explores how religious ideas and institutions affected economic behavior.
Categories: History

Silk

Silk

"Already in Greek and Roman antiquity a vibrant series of exchange relationships existed between the Mediterranean regions and China, including the Indian subcontinents along well-defined routes we call the Silk Roads.

Author: Berit Hildebrandt

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: 9781785702822

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 224

View: 671

"Already in Greek and Roman antiquity a vibrant series of exchange relationships existed between the Mediterranean regions and China, including the Indian subcontinents along well-defined routes we call the Silk Roads. Among the many goods that found their way from East to West and vice versa were glass, wine, spices, metals like iron, precious stones as well as textile raw materials and fabrics and silk, a luxury item that was in great demand in the Roman Empire. These collected papers connect research from different areas and disciplines dealing with exchange along the Silk Roads. These historical, philological and archaeological contributions highlight silk as a commodity, gift and tribute, and as a status symbol in varying cultural and chronological contexts between East and West, including technological aspects of silk production. The main period concerns Rome and China in antiquity, ending in the late fifth century CE, with the Roman Empire being transformed into the Byzantine Empire, while the Chinese chronology covers the Han dynasty, the Three Kingdoms, the Western and Eastern Jin and Sixteen Kingdoms, ending in 420 CE. In addition, both earlier and later epochs are also considered in order to gather an understanding of developments and changes in long-distance and longer-term relations that involved silk."
Categories: Crafts & Hobbies

Cultures and Civilizations

Cultures and Civilizations

The history of humankind, its cultures and civilizations, is inextricably linked with the development of trade.

Author: Struan Reid

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company

ISBN: 0921921284

Category: History

Page: 48

View: 142

The history of humankind, its cultures and civilizations, is inextricably linked with the development of trade. Cities grew up around the markets it took place in and empires were built on the wealth it created. Across Asia, the paths of the Silk and Spice Routes brought together the many different peoples of these empires and cites. When meeting to trade, they not only exchanged precious goods but also the ideas and beliefs that shaped each of their cultures--ideas expressed in their lifestyles, their arts and even in the goods they had to sell. By these means, cultures slowly changed, amalgated and developed. Splendidly illustrated with dozens of historic visuals, Cultures and Civilizations explores the interrelations of trade and cultures as they developed along the Silk and Spice Routes.
Categories: History

Silk for the Vikings

Silk for the Vikings

The analysis of silk is a fascinating topic for research in itself but here, focusing on the 9th and 10th centuries, Marianne Vedeler takes a closer look at the trade routes and the organization of production, trade and consumption of silk ...

Author: Marianne Vedeler

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 9781782972150

Category: History

Page: 120

View: 356

The analysis of silk is a fascinating topic for research in itself but here, focusing on the 9th and 10th centuries, Marianne Vedeler takes a closer look at the trade routes and the organization of production, trade and consumption of silk during the Viking Age. Beginning with a presentation of the silk finds in the Oseberg burial, the richest Viking burial find ever discovered, the other silk finds from high status graves in Scandinavia are discussed along with an introduction to the techniques used to produce raw silk and fabrics. Later chapters concentrate on trade and exchange, considering the role of silk items both as trade objects and precious gifts, and in the light of coin finds. The main trade routes of silk to Scandinavia along the Russian rivers, and comparable Russian finds are described and the production and regulation of silk in Persia, early Islamic production areas and the Byzantine Empire discussed. The final chapter considers silk as a social actor in various contexts in Viking societies compared to the Christian west.
Categories: History

Lost Empire of the Silk Road

Lost Empire of the Silk Road

Author: Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovskiĭ

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:31336328

Category: Art, Buddhist

Page: 292

View: 208

Categories: Art, Buddhist

China s Asian Dream

China s Asian Dream

But with the Chinese and US militaries also vying over the Pacific, does this newfound confidence put China on a collision course with the US? Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, this new ...

Author: Tom Miller

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 9781786997449

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 215

‘China’, Napoleon once remarked, ‘is a sleeping lion. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will shake the world.’ In 2014, President Xi Jinping triumphantly declared that the lion had awoken. From holding its ground in trade wars with the US, to presenting itself as a world leader in the fight against climate change, a newly confident China is flexing its economic muscles for strategic ends. With the Belt and Road initiative, billed as a new Silk Road for the 21st Century, China is set to extend its influence throughout Eurasia and across the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean. But with the Chinese and US militaries also vying over the Pacific, does this newfound confidence put China on a collision course with the US? Combining a geopolitical overview with on-the-ground reportage from a dozen countries, this new edition of China’s Asian Dream engages with the most recent developments in the ongoing story of China’s ascendency, and offers new insights into what the rise of China means not only for Asia, but for the world.
Categories: Political Science

Silks Spices and Empire

Silks  Spices  and Empire

A vivid contemporary glimpse of the appearance, climate, customs, commerce, rulers, and happenings of Asia as seen through the eyes of international travelers and explorers.

Author: Owen Lattimore

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015066414247

Category: Asia

Page: 340

View: 878

A vivid contemporary glimpse of the appearance, climate, customs, commerce, rulers, and happenings of Asia as seen through the eyes of international travelers and explorers.
Categories: Asia

Well known Raw Silk Producers and Their Trade Marks Empire of Japan

Well known Raw Silk Producers and Their Trade Marks  Empire of Japan

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.

Author: Dai Nippon Sanshikai

Publisher: Legare Street Press

ISBN: 1014979803

Category:

Page: 348

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This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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Silk for the Vikings

Silk for the Vikings

Saints were not as popular in the Byzantine Empire as in the west.484 The widespread use of silk products in the Imperial ceremonial and the tight system of regulation of both production and use show how important these fabrics were ...

Author: Marianne Vedeler

Publisher: Oxbow Books

ISBN: 9781782972167

Category: History

Page: 120

View: 404

The analysis of silk is a fascinating topic for research in itself but here, focusing on the 9th and 10th centuries, Marianne Vedeler takes a closer look at the trade routes and the organization of production, trade and consumption of silk during the Viking Age. Beginning with a presentation of the silk finds in the Oseberg burial, the richest Viking burial find ever discovered, the other silk finds from high status graves in Scandinavia are discussed along with an introduction to the techniques used to produce raw silk and fabrics. Later chapters concentrate on trade and exchange, considering the role of silk items both as trade objects and precious gifts, and in the light of coin finds. The main trade routes of silk to Scandinavia along the Russian rivers, and comparable Russian finds are described and the production and regulation of silk in Persia, early Islamic production areas and the Byzantine Empire discussed. The final chapter considers silk as a social actor in various contexts in Viking societies compared to the Christian west.
Categories: History