Albert Herrmann: A missing link in establishing the Silk Road as a concept for Trans-Eurasian networks of trade

  title={Albert Herrmann: A missing link in establishing the Silk Road as a concept for Trans-Eurasian networks of trade},
  author={H{\aa}kan Wahlquist},
  journal={Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space},
  pages={803 - 808}
  • H. Wahlquist
  • Published 1 August 2020
  • History
  • Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
The Silk Road, or Silk Roads, has proven to be a productive but at the same time elusive concept, increasingly used as an evocative metaphor. With China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, it has found fresh invocations and audiences. After it was coined by Ferdinand von Richthofen in the 19th century it might very well have been forgotten in the 20th century if it had not been used by Sven Hedin in 1936 as a book title. And Hedin may not have used it if he had not worked closely with the German… Expand

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