The Ancient Silk Road Map: An Illustrated Map Featuring the Ancient Network of Routes Between China & Europe (英語) 地図 – Folded Map, 2011/2/28
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This title features one large overview map and three detailed regional maps. It provides comprehensive notes with cultural and historical information on key places and people. It is presented in an easy-to-use fold-out format. Made famous in the West by the Venetian adventurer Marco Polo, the ancient Silk Road spanned one-quarter of the circumference of the Earth. An intricate network of trading routes, in its heyday it stretched from Luoyang and Xi'an in China, through Central Asia to Istanbul and Rome, perhaps the first example of the globalisation of trade. At the heart of this complex web of caravan trails stood Afghanistan, its location a strategic meeting point for merchants from East, West and the Indian subcontinent. As a result, this fabled country was for centuries one of the wealthiest centres of commerce and culture in the region - a Leader in the East.
Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer are partners in both business and marriage. Jonathan Tucker was educated at the University of Wales and at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Jonathan lived in Asia for eleven years and has devoted a large part of the past seven years to exploring the ancient trade routes between China and Europe, travelling the entire length of the Silk Road with the exception of Iraq. They both share a passion for the culture and history of Asia. Bijan Omrani attended Lincoln College, Oxford. He is the author and editor of various works on Central Asia including Asia Overland: Tales of Travel on the Trans-Siberian and Silk Road (Odyssey Books & Guides), and also a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Geographical Society. He teaches Classics at Westminster School.