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  Silk Road - MSN Encarta
A 19th-century German scholar named the network of trails the Silk Road for the precious Chinese cloth that was originally the most valuable and abundant commodity transported on it.
Commerce persisted on the Silk Road until ocean-borne trade surpassed and superseded trade on the land route in the late 15th and early 16th centuries ad.
The oases and towns along the route, which were located in or near remote areas, profited from the Silk Road trade and relied on it for their existence.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761579956/Silk_Road.html   (1493 words)

  Silk Road - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Silk road is a translation from the German Seidenstraße, the term first used by German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen in the 19th century.
The Silk Road on the Sea extends from South China, present-day Philippines, Brunei, Siam, Malacca, Ceylon, India, Persia, Egypt, Italy, Portugal and Sweden.
The heyday of the Silk Road corresponds to that of the Byzantine Empire in its west end, Sassanid Empire Period to Il Khanate Period in the Nile-Oxus section and Three Kingdoms to Yuan Dynasty in the Sinitic zone in its east end.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Silk_Road   (4826 words)

 Great Silk Road: Stream of life. The Silk Road History . --- Sairam Tourism
The Great Silk Road is a unique phenomenon in the history of mankind, with its aspiration for unity and cultural values exchange, its conquests of lands and monopolization of the markets.
Silk was used as payment unit for the works done, as mercenary’s salary; it could be also used to pay off the punishment for the committed crime.
But the fabled Silk Road was not a mere channel of trade: it was the means of propagation the cultural achievements of the peoples, spiritual wealth and religious doctrines.
www.sairamtour.com /silkroad/sr_02.html   (1507 words)

 Silk Road Transport, Inc. - Arkport, New York
Silk Road Transport was incorporated in 1983 as a motor carrier designed to transport specialized and extraordinary cargo.
The name Silk Road Transport is derived from the ancient network of trade and communication routes linking Europe, the Middle East, and China - known collectively as the "Silk Roads." Trade in silk from China gave the Silk Roads their name.
The hazardous and physically tortuous Silk Roads were conduits for the dissemination of ideas, the interaction of societies, and for commerce.
www.silkroadtrans.com   (202 words)

 RISD : Rhode Island School of Design : CAMPUS INITIATIVES
Silk Road Ensemble storyteller Ben Haggarty and four musicians will be on campus working with students from February 18-23 and again from May 13-21.
Silk Road Ensemble the opportunity to work with RISD students and faculty in exploring cross-cultural and interdisciplinary artistic expression through workshops centered on music, storytelling, art and other cultural traditions.
The ensemble is part of The Silk Road Project, an educational foundation established by Ma and others to study the ebb and flow of ideas among different cultures along the Silk Road (a series of routes that crisscrossed Eurasia from the first millennium BCE through the middle of the second millennium CE).
www.risd.edu /campus_initiatives_silkroad.htm   (1067 words)

 Monks and Merchants | The Silk Road, a Larger View
The Silk Road network is generally thought of as stretching from an eastern terminus at the old Chinese capital city of Chang'an (now Xi'an, just west of the great bend where the Yellow River emerges into the North China Plain) to westward termini at Byzantium (Constantinople), Antioch, Damascus, and other Middle Eastern cities.
The terrain of the Silk Road was difficult, the possible routes were numerous and complex, and the dangers of the journey were deadly serious.
Silk Road traffic coming from Central Asia passed through the Middle East along many different routes and with many different destinations; the Middle East was in some sense an end-point for the Silk Road, but perhaps more importantly a trans-shipment zone.
www.asiasociety.org /arts/monksandmerchants/silk.htm   (383 words)

 The Silk Road
The description of this route to the west as the `Silk Road' is somewhat misleading.
Secondly, the Silk Road was not a trade route that existed solely for the purpose of trading in silk; many other commodities were also traded, from gold and ivory to exotic animals and plants.
The height of the importance of the Silk Road was during the Tang dynasty, with relative internal stability in China after the divisions of the earlier dynasties since the Han.
sunsite.nus.edu.sg /mw/iss04/silk.html   (9269 words)

 Silk Road - its history, development, operation and significance to the east and west
Pliny affirmed that "silk was obtained by removing the down from the leaves with the help of water." Others countered that it grew like wool in the forest.
The Silk Road can be thought of as an East-West network of interconnecting routes linking various Central Asian Kingdoms such as those of Bukhara, Samarkand, Bishkek and Islamabad in the west with major China cities; most notably the Han and Tang dynasty capital, Changan (modern day Xi'an) in the east.
Within five centuries of the opening of the Silk Road to Central Asia, Buddhism had become so prevalent in China that some scholars estimate as many as 90% of her population to have been converted to Buddhism.
www.imperialtours.net /silk_road.htm   (1459 words)

 Silk Road
Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the great civilizations of China, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Indian subcontinent, and Rome, and helped to lay the foundations for the modern world.
The heyday of the Silk Road corresponds to that of the Byzantine Empire in its west end, Sasanid Period to Il Khanate Period in the Nile-Oxus section and Three Kingdoms to Yuan Dynasty in the Sinitic zone in its east end.
Artistic transmission on the Silk Road - Buddhist deities - The image of the Buddha, originating during the 1st century CE in northern India (areas of Gandhara and Mathura) was transmitted progressively through Central Asia and China until it reached Japan in the 6th century CE.
www.crystalinks.com /silkroad.html   (3947 words)

 History of Silk
Within the palace, the emperor is believed to have worn a robe of white silk; outside, he, his principal wife, and the heir to the throne wore yellow, the color of the earth.
Silk, indeed, rapidly became one of the principal elements of the Chinese economy.
Silk became a precious commodity highly sought by other countries at a very early time, and it is believed that the silk trade was actually started before the Silk Road was officially opened in the second century BC.
www.silk-road.com /artl/silkhistory.shtml   (2038 words)

 Beauty, the Land of China - the Silk Road
The description of this route to the west as the "Silk Road" is somewhat misleading.
Secondly, the Silk Road was not a trade route that existed solely for the purpose of trading in silk; many other commodities were also traded, from gold and ivory to exotic animals and plants.
The name "Silk Road" itself does not originate from the Romans, however, but is a nineteenth century term, coined by the German scholar, von Richthofen.
library.thinkquest.org /20443/silkroad.html   (1152 words)

 Silk Road - All About Turkey
The major cities lying on the Silk Road Anatolia were, in the north: Trabzon, Gümüshane, Erzurum, Sivas, Tokat, Amasya, Kastamonu, Adapazari, Izmit, Istanbul and Edirne; and in the south: Mardin, Diyarbakir, Adiyaman, Malatya, Kahramanmaras, Kayseri, Nevsehir, Konya, Isparta, Antalya and Denizli.
After the Turkic Republics in Central Asia acquired their independence, the idea was raised to revive the Silk Road both as a trade route and as a cultural and historical heirloom with the aim of restoring the inns and caravanserais to meet present day requirements.
In 1997 a group of explorers walked on the Silk Road trying to imitate ancient caravans with their camels, it took them around 14 months to travel from China to Turkey.
www.allaboutturkey.com /silkroad.htm   (835 words)

 Silk Road and Beyond
Silk Road Chicago is an unprecedented collaboration among the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Silk Road Project that explores the cross-cultural artistic legacy of the historic network of overland and maritime trade routes between China and the Mediterranean Sea.
Luxurious and practical silks, whose raw material and technology of spinning and weaving were carefully guarded by Chinese craftsmen, were traded to nomadic rulers in exchange for their resilient steeds.
With the Ottoman Empire occupying the middle ground of the Silk Road, trade between the farthest eastern points of the Silk Road in China and the farthest western points in present-day Europe was forced to rely on sea routes.
www.artic.edu /aic/exhibitions/silkroad/themes.html   (3764 words)

 Silk Road - WSUWiki
The Silk Road is the greatest network of road ever to exist in the world.
Timurs attempts to alter the flow of the Silk Road, heavily damaged the Persian influence to the point that when Timur died the Silk Road was left in the hands of local traders who tried their best but failed.
The road as they say was at the end of its life, and the Chinese only made sure that the Silk Road could ever be rebuilt.
wiki.wsu.edu /wsuwiki/Silk_Road   (2760 words)

 Harvard Gazette: Silk Road stretches to Harvard, RISD
The Silk Road Project Inc., the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have announced the creation of new collaborations designed to deepen and strengthen the interdisciplinary educational offerings of the three institutions.
"The Silk Road Project serves as a common resource for a number of artistic, cultural, and educational programs reflecting the heritages of the countries once connected by the ancient 4,000-mile network of trading routes that spanned three continents from Europe to Asia," said Laura Freid, Silk Road Project CEO and executive director.
The Silk Road Project's dual focus on the legacy of the Silk Road as well as new cross-cultural collaborations complements Harvard's multifaceted approach to learning and its emphasis on international studies and research as part of the undergraduate experience.
www.hno.harvard.edu /gazette/2005/04.07/07-silkroad.html   (1084 words)

 The Silk Road
The influences of the Silk Road traffic are therefore quite clear in the mix of cultures that appears on these murals at different dates.
The height of the importance of the Silk Road was during the Tang dynasty, with relative internal stability in China after the divisions of the earlier dynasties since the Han.
The route of the Silk Road became important as a path for communication between different parts of the Empire, and trading was continued.
www.ess.uci.edu /~oliver/silk.html   (8680 words)

 Silk Road
he Silk Road was the the name of a series of trade routes that connected the great empires of ancient western and eastern civilizations.
Although the rich silks of China were certainly a prized commodity, the exotic spices found in India were arguably the items in the highest demand.
Yet, the Silk Road was much more than a crossroads of exotic merchandise, it was also a medium of culture and religions as fantastic tales of what they had seen and heard were shared by adventurers upon their returns home.
www2.una.edu /geography/institute-2000/final_presentations/Reyes/index.html   (506 words)

 Silk Road   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Although no one knows for sure when silk first reached the west from China, there is some, literature from Aristotle from, 4th, century BC which describes a, fiber that may have been Chinese silk.
Story has it that in order for her to be able to wear silk in her distant home, she, hid and took with her live, worms and cocoons to her, new homeland.
The silk road was not one single road, but many caravan tracks that trailed through some of the toughest areas including the highest mountains and the harshest deserts on earth.
www.humboldt.edu /~geog309i/ideas/aghsilk.html   (565 words)

 China Silk Road
Silk Road, which was a great transcontinental route linked the Roman Empire in the West with the imperial court of China in the East, remains its charm to people.
Named in the middle of the 19th century by the German scholar, Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, the Silk Road, which is regarded as the greatest East-West trade route, was first traveled by Zhang Qian when he was sent on a diplomatic mission to the Western Regions in the Han dynasty (206 BC-AD 220).
The Silk Road was the information super highway of its age, serving as the conduit not only for goods but also for the transmission of knowledge and ideas between east and west.
www.travelchinaguide.com /silkroad/index.htm   (380 words)

 SPICE lesson: Along the Silk Road
Trade on the Silk Road flourished during three major time periods: (1) the 2nd century B.C. through the 2nd century A.D., (2) the 7th to 10th century A.D., and (3) the 12th to 14th century A.D. These were periods that saw the unification of great empires of the East and West.
It is now still possible to go to some areas of the Silk Road and dig, but archaeologists can not take any of their treasures they unearth with them.
While the Silk Road traders also engaged in bartering, their experience in trading along the Silk Road involved a lot more preparation and risk taking, risks that were tied not only to their money but also to their lives.
www.international.ucla.edu /eas/sum-inst/links/silkunit.htm   (4440 words)

 Electronic Passport to the Silk Road
The primary trade route between China and the west was the Silk Road, a 4,000-mile caravan route through South Asia and the Middle East.
The Silk Road was often very dangerous to travel.
Mongol armies used the Silk Road in the thirteenth century to expand their empire.
www.mrdowling.com /613-silkroad.html   (206 words)

 Silk Road
The Silk Road is at its height, and we are at its beginning: somewhere in eastern China, in a humble, windowless hut, dark and silent, without furniture or people.
The Silk "Road" is a misnomer, for actually it was many roads, many slender filaments originating in thousands of towns and cities all over eastern China.
Silk Road tours are offered by Mountain Travel/Sobek (6420 Fairmount Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530, U.S.A., tel 1-510-527-8100, fax 1-510-525-7710); Journey to the East, Inc, PO Box 1334 Flushing, NY 11352, U.S.A. tel 1-718-358-4034; fax 1- 718-358-4065); Wilderness Travel (801 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94710, U.S.A., tel 1-510-548-0420, fax 1-510-548-0347).
alumnus.caltech.edu /~pamlogan/srart.html   (3317 words)

 KU: Silkroad Resources
The Silk Roads were a group of trade routes that connected China and Europe from 300 B.C. to 1500 A.D..
During this time, silk was a precious commodity valued by men and women worldwide because of its rarity, beauty, and unique tactile quality.
The Silk Road was a connecting concept over the "West" and "East" divide, providing an ongoing historical exchange of human experience.
www.silkroad.ku.edu   (243 words)

 Silk Road Tour,Silk Road Travel Picture,Silk Road Tour Packages
Silk Road is an historical route which connected ancient china to the various ancient countries in the west through commercial trade.
Silk Road was started as a trade route but later became a cultural bridge which linked up the ancient Chinese, Indian, Persian, Arabic culture with the ancient Greek and Roman culture and promoted the exchange between the Oriental civilization and the Occidental civilization.
Silk Road, now became a three-dimensional transportation network, with a network of highways, crisscrossing railways and airports.
www.muztagh.com /chinatour/silk-road.htm   (325 words)

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