The history of the Silk Road is long and rich, spanning many centuries and cultures. This great trade route allowed travelers to transport more than goods and wealth. Philosophical and religious ideas and technologies were carried along the route, as well, among many Eurasian empires and regions. This course will investigate the development of several such ideas in some real sites in China, especially Xi’an as the starting point of the ancient overland Silk Road, and Nanjing & Yangzhou as the starting point of the maritime Silk Road.
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