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