The Silk Roads: A Brief History with Documents
By Xinru Liu
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (18 May 2012)
This thoughtful introduction examines the many ways in which the peoples along the Silk Roads interacted and considers the implications for economies and societies as well as political and religious institutions. The book contains a range of primary material, some of which has been translated into English for the first time.
'What is very helpful about Liu's collection is that it combines a well-organized, concise overview of the pre-modern Silk Road with documents from all across ancient Eurasia, instead of just China or the Greco-Roman world. The new translations of individuals' letters from the Tarim Basin area are quite cool.' - Shoshana Keller, Hamilton College, USA