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Premodern Travel in World History

ISBN-10: 0415229413
ISBN-13: 9780415229418
Edition: 2007
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Description: This book features some of the greatest travellers in human historynbsp; people who undertook long journeys to places they knew little or nothing about. From Roman tourists, to the establishment of the Silk Road; an epic trek round China and India  More...

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List price: $35.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682

This book features some of the greatest travellers in human historynbsp; people who undertook long journeys to places they knew little or nothing about. From Roman tourists, to the establishment of the Silk Road; an epic trek round China and India in thenbsp;seventh century, to Marco Polo andnbsp;through to the first speculations on space travel, Premodern Travel in World History provides an overview of long-distance travel in Afro-Eurasia from around 400BCE to 1500. This survey uses succinct accounts of the most epic journeys in the premodern world as lenses through which to examine the development of early travel, trade and cultural interchange between China, central Asia, India and southeast Asia, while also discussing themes such as the growth of empires and the spread of world religions. Complete with maps, this concise and interesting study analyzes how travel pushed and shaped the boundaries of political, geographical and cultural frontiers.

Peter N. Stearnsis a professor of history at George Mason University, where he is currently provost (since January 1, 2000) with almost 40 years of experience as a teacher and administrator. Stearns was the chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded andnbsp;continues to editnbsp;theJournal of Social History. Also while at Carnegie Mellon he developed a pioneering approach to teaching world history to undergraduates in addition to mentoring hundreds of graduate students. Besides his long career as a historian, he is active in historical groups such as the American Historical Society, the Society of French Historical Studies, the Social Science History Association and the International Society for Research on Emotion. He attended Harvard College and later received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. In his prolific career as an author and editor, he has written or edited over 110 works of literature. Stearns currently serves as chair of the Advanced Placement World History committee. nbsp; Stephen S. Goschis a professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Gosch began by teaching western civilization courses at UW-Eau Claire, but his scholarship evolved over the years to a broader comparative scholarship in world history, which he introduced to UW-Eau Claire classrooms in 1982. He also taught courses in the history of Japan, 19th and 20th century Europe and Marco Polo's world, as well as a popular team-taught interdisciplinary course on the Vietnam War, which he developed with a colleague in political science. He has published numerous articles and co-authored several books, including the recentPre-modern Travel in World History. Gosch earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University and his master's and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University. nbsp; Erwin P. Grieshabercurrently teaches world history, history of Latin America and history of 20 th century war and peace at Minnesota State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1977. nbsp; Allison Scardino Belzerteaches a wide variety of courses at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. In teaching both halves of world civilization, she focuses on assigning texts that spark a positive response in students ndash; texts that offer concrete knowledge while also inspiring questions. She developed her interest in history at Vassar College and received her Ph.D at Emory University. Her bookWomen and the Great War: Femininity Under Fire in Italy(2010) reflects her research interest in gender and cultural history and the history of war.

Mehran Kamravais Interim Dean of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar and also the Director of the School's Center for International and Regional Studies. He is the author ofThe Modern Middle East: A Political History since the First World War(second edition, UC Press) andIran's Intellectual Revolution.He has also editedThe New Voices of Islam: Rethinking Politics and Modernity(UC Press).

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Beginnings to 1000 BCE
The classical period
The Middle East and the Mediterranean region, 1000 BCE-500 CE
China, Central Asia, and the establishment of the Silk Road, 200 BCE-500 CE
The post-classical period
Buddhist journeys, 400-900 CE
A decisive new framework
Muslim travelers, 700-1400 CE
Marco Polo and the heritage of Christian travel
An explosion of travel: the fifteenth century and beyond
Conclusion
Index

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