[PAST EVENT] Neither Silk, nor a Road: reassessing the Impacts and Legacies of China's Eurasian Titration

March 14, 2013
Blow Memorial Hall, Room 332
262 Richmond Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Prof. James Millward
Georgetown University

Famed for luxury trade?silks and spices?and understood to have linked Han China with Rome, the "silk road" has a broader significance as shorthand for a range of long-term exchanges in biological material, technology, arts, and religious and other ideas. The cultures of China, India, Persia, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, North Africa and Europe were linked from before the Bronze Age; these linkages quickened at times of imperial unification and through diffusion of religions, up to and including the modern era. Expanding what we commonly refer to as "the silk road" can help situate the history of China within the wider Eurasian historiography and global contexts.

Dan Husman: drhusman@wm.edu