The Silk Road in World History by Xinru Liu

Opening: From the time Eurasians started using polished stone tools to plant and harvest crops and to keep domesticated animals, they began to split into two distinct societies divided by the Tianshan, Altai, and Caucasus mountain ranges. To the fertile south, people became farmers. But on the Eurasian steppe, people continued to herd livestock such as cattle, sheep, and horses. Their herds fed in the cool mountains in summer, where the grass was lush, and were shepherded in winter to warmer valleys and plains. Each group of nomads grazed its animals according to a fixed annual pattern. However, climate changes and political conflicts with other nomads or with agricultural societies to the south often forced nomads out of their normal rounds.

After Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews & the Central Asiatic Expeditions I fancied more non-fic across the vast central land-mass, evoking memories of some lovely purchases in the Silk Road Market, Beijing.

This book, although short, was way too dry for me summon up any enthusiasm for the subject. Dut-doo.



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