This is the first volume by multiple authors in our series entitled The Silk Road: Interwoven History. This volume one, ?Long-distance Trade, Culture, and Society,? examines the history of the Silk Road from antiquity to modern times in different regions, while focusing on diverse topics, such as the Parthian Empire, Bactria, Turkmen music, medieval maritime trade, and so on. The wide-ranging articles are trying to address the extent to which the Silk Road played an important role in the history of the cultural contacts between the East and West.
Tim Williams “Mapping of the Silk Road”;
Leonardo Gregoratti “Parthian Empire and the Political Role of the Silk Road: Romans, Jews, Nomads, and Chinese”;
Rachel Mairs “Heroes and Philosophers? Greek Personal Names and their Bearers in Hellenistic Bactria”;
Eivind Heldaas Seland “Preconditions of Palmyrene Long-distance trade: Land, River, and Maritime routes in the first three centuries CE.”;
Ulrike-Christiane Lintz “Survey of Judaeo-Persion Tombstone Inscriptions from Djām, Cnetral Afghanistan”;
Djamilya Kurbanova “History of Musical Culture of Turkmenistan: From Ancient Merv to Modern Times”;
Borbala Obrusanszky “Nestorian Christianity in the Ordos in Inner Mongolia";
Bin Yang “Cowry Shells and the Emergent World Trade System (1500 BCE-1700 CE)”;
Michael Laver “The Maritime Silk Road: Silver and Silk in Japan's Trade with Asia in the 16th /17th Centuries”;
Gerald Roche “Village Ritual and Frontier History on the Northeast Tibetan Plateau: the Mangghuer Nadun.”
The book includes many color pictures.