Monday, February 11, 2013
Title: Silk Road: a new history
By: Valerie Hansen
History compiled from back-of-the envelope scribbles? Hansen snares one's attention immediately by noting that much of what we surmise about the Silk Road has been pieced together from writing on recycled scraps of paper. She organizes what might have been confusingly episodic material around six key sites, creating a coherent narrative. Her prose is keen, and the material fascinating. Dive into it for an overview, or burrow into the details; it's rewarding either way--or both.
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