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Ancient India and Ancient China: Trade and Religious Exchanges, AD 1-600 (Oxford India Paperbacks) Paperback – March 23, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-0195635874 ISBN-10: 0195635876

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"Liu has used a rich variety of literary, archaeological, epigraphic, and numismatic sources from both India and China. She has produced a solid study of luxury trade and of the speread of Buddhism to China. She writes in a straightforward manner. Her judgments are well balanced, and she throws more light than heat on the topic. Liu is a unique scholar who needs to be profusely commended for her worthy contribution to an important and neglected subject."--American Historical Review


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Xinru Liu, Director, Department of Ancient and Medieval History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing.
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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford India Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 23, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195635876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195635874
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 69 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,402,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John E. Hill on June 24, 2000
Xinru Liu's book contains important material that is difficult to find elsewhere and any student of the period will discover in it items of interest.
She examines the connections between Buddhist institutions and trade in some depth and her analysis of the influence of cultural values on long-distance trade is pertinent and fresh.
This is, however, in the end, a somewhat unsatisfactory and uneven work containing serious gaps.
For example, it makes almost no mention of the extensive maritime trade between India and China at this period or of the massive expansion of Indian influence into southern China through Jih-nan and Chiao-chih, in what is now northern Vietnam.
She also seems to be unaware of some major sources on the early trade between India and China. There is, for example, no mention at all of the 3rd century Wei-lueh, or of the detailed notes by the French scholar, Edouard Chavannes, to his pioneering translations of this work and the sections of the Hou Han shu dealing with the "Western Regions".
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