Textiles as Money on the Silk Road?

  title={Textiles as Money on the Silk Road?},
  author={Helen Wang},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society},
  pages={165 - 174}
  • Helen Wang
  • Published 1 April 2013
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
The abstract concept of “the Silk Road” linking east and west shapes many popular narrative histories, encouraging readers to think dreamily of dazzling silks carried as luxury trade items on the backs of camels over sun-scorched sand dunes, and conveniently skirting more complex issues such as political, military, religious and cultural barriers. The actual mechanics of how any trading and other financial or economic transactions took place are seldom addressed, and references to money are few… 
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