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There have been many remarkable feats of human endurance over the centuries. The early trade routes between the east and the west would undoubtedly rank among them. The network of routes, which linked the Chinese capital city Chang’an (now Xi’an) with the Roman empire and the great cities of Constantinople and Cairo, was referred to by the nineteenth-century German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen as the “Seidenstraße”, or “silk road”. And although silk was important, so too was the trade in spices, gemstones, glass, perfumes, incense, gold, ivory, coral, furs, ceramics, and much more. Gunpowder, paper and printing, invented in China, were introduced to the west, and music and religions spread east.

The trade routes covered some of the most inhospitable parts of the earth, with searing deserts and blinding sandstorms, to frozen high mountain passes. Camels and horses were suited to different conditions and used over different sections. Settlements along the route often provided caravanserais for shelter, although tents made of felt and wood called yurts would be carried and used where necessary. Often hundreds of men and camels would make up a caravan, the numbers providing some degree of protection from marauders.

This lavish coffee table book, full of spectacular photography, is printed on Blurb's best paper.

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About the Author

Graham Meale
Maharg Australia

Like most of us, Graham Meale spent a good deal of his life hostage to a mortgage. In 2004, at age 47, he realised that there was more to life, got his first passport and began working hard to fill it up. He has travelled extensively in every continent except Antarctica. His goal is to see every nation on Earth that doesn’t have a McDonalds.

Publish Date  December 09, 2011

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  80 pgs   ProLine Pearl Photo Paper

Category  Travel

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