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HIS299 The Historian's Craft:China and The Silk Roads  

This library research guide is for use with Dr. David Devereaux's class, and to provide resources for critical, analytical consideration in writing history.
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2013 URL: http://libguides.canisius.edu/silkroad Print Guide

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"...China was the only empire which existed at both the beginning and the end of the 1st millennium A.D...." 

 -Susan Whitfield, Life Along the Silk Road

The Silk Roads intrigue, confuse, and mystify. They've been romanticized and vilified. Studying them brings clues to early and modern globalization.   

 

Cover Art
Life Along the Silk Road
ISBN: 0520232143

Cover Art
The Silk Road - Valerie Hansen
Call Number: DS33.1 .H36 2012
ISBN: 9780195159318
Publication Date: 2012-08-14

 

Drive to China?

To get you in the mood for research, try this quick search.

Could Google be developing a new Silk Road?

Is this legitimate proof or a spoof?

Go to Google Maps
Search for Japan
Get Directions from Japan to China
Scroll down to #41

So....???
 

 

Evaluating Resources

The depth of resources and research about the Silk Roads can be overwhelming. How do you evaluate and differentiate among them? 

JStor

            Google Scholar

                      Project Muse

                                   ATLA Relgion

                                            Academic Search Premier

                                                 ProQuest's Historic New York Times

                                                         The library Catalog/CNY

Look at these and decide.

The Silk Road Project founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 1998 and described as taking its "...inspiration from the historic Silk Road trading route as a modern metaphor for multicultural and interdisciplinary exchange".

Buddhism and Islam on the Silk Road by Johan Elverskog.

Johan Elverskog is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University. An interview with Johan Elverskog is available at the Penn Press podcast web site.

The Importance of the Silk Road to the Spread of Buddism  

East India Tea Company

Steppe Culture

 

 

 

Exploring The Silk Roads

Some things to ponder

  • Modern names along the Silk Roads: Are they the same as the ancient names?
  • Are alternate spellings stumping you?
  • Is it a translation?  Is it a good translation?

 

Keyword searches and subject searches:

Analyze and break down information in an abstract or sentence to pull out possibilities. The following is a good example of multiple possibilities for keyword...or subject searches.

  • Marc Aurel Stein (1862--1943)  - Hungarian archaeologist, explored Chinese Turkestan and other parts of Central Asia.
  • Hinduism and Silk Road ---  East India Tea Company
  • Christianity and Silk Road ---Missionaries
  • Buddism and Silk Road ---
  • Trade  Economy ---what kind? monetary or barter system?
  • Food Ethnic Cultures
  • Language - Preservation of Dialects-Class systems
  • Cartography --Science and Technology
  • Trade routes -- Asia -- History

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