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The Silk Road: Art and History Hardcover – February 21, 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd (February 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0856675466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0856675461
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 10.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,291,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"large, colourful reference book... worthy of accolades... excellent, and at times breathtaking, photography... This book is a Silk Road 'bible', a well-constructed and beautiful collation of a mass of information and knowledge on a truly fascinating corner of the world...be warned: read the Silk Road and you'll want to experience it for yourself" -Geographical magazine (magazine of the Royal Geographical Society)

About the Author

Jonathan Tucker and Antonia Tozer operate a gallery in St James's, London, and are both former employees of Spink and Son, where Jonathan ran the Indian and Southeast Asian department and Antonia was a specialist in the Chinese department.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jonathan Tucker offers us not only a history and an art and architecture book, he provides us a feeling for the merchants and scholars who traveled east and west across the expanse of Asia for profit, for knowledge, and for adventure. The hundreds of fine colored photographs, the many interspersed maps, and quotations from poetry and contemporary travelers aid our armchair journeys across time and cultures. Arranged much like a guidebook, the author starts in Xian, China, and takes us westward along the various land routes of the Silk Road, with southern spurs to Afghanistan and India as well as northern routes to the Aral and Caspian areas. Although the various wars of empire over the past 2,000 years tend to merge and blur by the time the reader approaches the end, we do manage to appreciate the influences of art, technology, and design of one people upon another. We see how empire-building and its associates bloodshed and city destruction had a strong economic basis, and the encouragement of trade and protection of caravans from brigands were key responsibilities of kings and khans.

The Art Media Resources edition I own has a number of typographical errors, chiefly hard hyphens and spaces that were not removed in digital production. The style is dry and direct but easy to follow.

Readers of all the other historical books on the Silk Road that focus on music, religion, and military matters, as well as modern tourists seeking the unusual, will find this large book a perfectly worthy supplement. And if you have no such interest in Silk Road studies but are curious, then by all means begin here.
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By toronto on October 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Among the plethora of books about the Silk Road, this one stands out as the most comprehensive and certainly the most thoughtful in terms of the art and architecture. Many, many pictures, not just of the art scattered in a million museums, but of abandoned stupas, graves, etc. It is perhaps best read alongside one of the travel books, like Colin Thubron's Shadow of the Silk Road (He almost takes the same route, except for the Pakistan/Afghan thread).
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