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Gordon, Stewart, 1945-
When Asia was the world / Stewart Gordon
[Cambridge, Mass.] : Da Capo Press, c2008
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  DS5.95 .G67 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject Asia -- Description and travel
Subject(s) Travelers -- Asia -- History
Subject Asia -- Civilization
Physical Description viii, 228 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-221) and index
Summary While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers--the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.--From publisher description
Contents Monasteries and monarchs : Xuanzang, 618-632 CE -- Caliph and caravan : Ibn Fadlan, 921-922 CE -- Philosopher and physician : Ibn Sina, 1020-1036 CE -- Ingots and artifacts : the Intan shipwreck, circa 1000 CE -- Pepper and partnerships : Abraham bin Yiju, 1120-1160 CE -- Nobles and notables : Ibn Battuta, 1325-1356 CE -- Treasure and treaty : Ma Huan, 1413-1431 CE -- Blood and salt : Babur, 1494-1526 CE -- Medicines and misunderstandings : Tomé Pires, 1511-1521 CE. -- The Asian world : 500-1500 CE

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