Silk Roads or Steppe Roads? The Silk Roads in World History

  title={Silk Roads or Steppe Roads? The Silk Roads in World History},
  author={David Christian},
  journal={Journal of World History},
  pages={1 - 26}
  • D. Christian
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • History
  • Journal of World History
Modern historiography has not fully appreciated the ecological complexity of the Silk Roads. As a result, it has failed to under stand their antiquity, or to grasp their full importance in Eurasian his tory. The role played by the Silk Roads in exchanging goods, tech nologies, and ideas between regions of agrarian civilization is well understood. Less well understood is the trans-ecological role of the Silk Roads?the fact that they also exchanged goods and ideas between the pastoralist and… 
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