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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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Historical Openings

Historical Openings

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(p.158) Six Historical Openings
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Geocultural Power
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Tim Winter

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226658490.003.0007

Here the analysis steps back to consider how a renewed interest in the Silk Roads raises important questions about world history and the identities of nations and cities. It is argued that Belt and Road represents an elastic and expansive international political economy that shines a light on previously ignored histories. Recent research on Central Asia and the Indian Ocean reveals the importance of these regions to our understanding of world history. Potential exists for new stories to be told through academia, museums, and historical sites, and through the media. The chapter also reflects on how forms of scholarly knowledge that feed into public discourses on Silk Road history are being rearranged and reassembled in an era of Belt and Road.

Keywords:   Asian history, world heritage, Eurasia, Maritime Silk Road

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