Was there a silk road?

Whitfield, Susan (2008) Was there a silk road? Asian Medicine, 3 (2). pp. 201-213. ISSN 1573-420X

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Is the 'Silk Road' a meaningful term? Is it being used simply to provide a historical legitimacy for our preoccupation with the dichotomy of east and west, the rising power of India and China and the waning of Europe, and our ambivalence towards globalisation? If it ever had any descriptive or analytic force for scholarship, is this now lost and should we discard the term entirely in our scholarly discourse as misleading at best and leave it for the marketers to exploit as a symbol of luxury and exoticism? This article argues that although the term 'Silk Road' has become a widely used portmanteau term, with apt clarification it is still a meaningful term for scholarship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: china,dunhuang,eurasian trade,rome,silk road,silk roads,medicine (miscellaneous),arts and humanities (miscellaneous),arts and humanities(all),complementary and alternative medicine ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2701
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Centres > Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2021 00:22
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 00:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/81320
DOI: 10.1163/157342008X307839

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