When Asia Was the World: Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ""Riches of the ""East""
Hachette Books, 2007 M12 4 - 400 pages
While European civilization stagnated in the "Dark Ages," Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500-a time when Asia was the world-by relating the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bookwoman247 - LibraryThing
This is a concise little history of travel and exploration in Asia from 500 A.D. to 1500 A. D.. The focus is on the (usually) congruent spread of trade, knowledge, and religion. It seemed to hit on ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Ellesee - LibraryThing
Not only was the book fascinating, but Mr. Gordon was a terrific lecturer as well. During the "dark" and Middle Ages in Europe, the Middle East and Asia had a thriving trade economy--people from ... Read full review
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