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Geocultural PowerChina's Quest to Revive the Silk Roads for the Twenty-First Century$
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Tim Winter

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226658216

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226658490.001.0001

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The Silk Road: An Abridged Biography

The Silk Road: An Abridged Biography

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Geocultural Power

Tim Winter

University of Chicago Press

The chapter presents a biography of the Silk Road concept. Starting with the discoveries made in Central Asia in the late nineteenth century, it traces the development of the Silk Road idea through the twentieth century in relation to the politics of nation building, empires, international conflicts, and shifting East West relations. The Silk Road is thus presented as an emergent geocultural imaginary, one that has been imbued with particular values and ideals in different parts of the world. This biographical approach offers a more critical reading of what is at stake in the “revival” of the Silk Roads for the twenty-first century.

Keywords:   Silk Road, archaeology, Central Asia, pan-Asianism

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