Books et al.Anthropology

More than a merchant's trading route

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  20 Dec 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6472, pp. 1458
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba1748

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text

Log in to view the full text

Log in through your institution

Log in through your institution

Summary

Between 1271 and 1275, Marco Polo famously explored the overland journey from Europe to Cathay (China). Much later, the route was dubbed "the Silk Road" by German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen, referencing the goods and ideas ferried between the civilizations of Rome and China along the ancient caravan path. Today, the route has a much more complicated significance—hence this tome's plural title, Silk Roads. The book is a copiously illustrated history with lengthy photo captions and short essays by some 80 scholars, edited by sinologist Susan Whitfield, a long-time scholar of the subject.

View Full Text

Stay Connected to Science