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When Asia Was the World

Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the “Riches of the East”
Written by: Stewart Gordon
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: History, World

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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 fascinating and unique look at Asia from AD 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.

©2008 Stewart Gordon (P)2018 Tantor

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Learn the names you are reading

Please stop unabashedly butchering foreign people and place names. It makes it hard to figure out without the text.

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