When Asia Was the World

Gordon, Stewart

Book - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When Asia Was the World
While European intellectual, cultural, and commercial life stagnated during the early medieval period, Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of religious, commercial, and intellectual connections, the different regions of Asia's vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with commerce, international diplomacy, and the brisk exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a look at Asia from A.D. 700 to 1500, a time when Asia was the world, by describing the personal journeys of Asia's many travelers--the merchants who traded spices along the Silk Road, the apothecaries who exchanged medicine and knowledge from China to the Middle East, and the philosophers and holy men who crossed continents to explore and exchange ideas, books, science, and culture.--From publisher description.

Publisher: [Cambridge, Mass.] : Da Capo Press, c2008
ISBN: 0306815567
Branch Call Number: 915.04 Gordon 2008
Characteristics: viii, 228 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Jan 13, 2015
  • 1aa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A book in a hundred. The facts compiled don't interfere with the fluidity of the narrative. I could only wish that it was longer.

Apr 05, 2014
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A concise summary of several medieval travelers' accounts, providing a good introduction to Asian trade of the time. Readers wanting more in-depth knowledge can consult the bibliography for the full-length memoirs and related works.

Oct 29, 2009
  • bootlegga rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Gordon translates personal biographies and memoirs to paint an interesting picture of Asia. A fascinating look at Asia from 500 to 1500, as seen throught the eyes of people who lived during the time.


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