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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2008 4:20 pm 
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On another thread forum member JT_BJ posted a link to an on-line article "Horses, Silver, and Cowries: Yunnan in Global Perspective" by Bin Yang Of Northeastern University. In the article, he discusses the importance of the region not only to global trade, but also in terms of religious and cultural exchange. The article can be found in full online at: http://www.historycooperative.org/journ ... /yang.html If you decide to print it don't miss the printer-friendly button (I did and wasted 5 pages!) Also, you can click on the map images to get to larger and better definition ones.

I didn't want forum members to miss what is a very interesting article and thought perhaps we could find the link again more easily if it had its own post in the Books section of the forum. I may be biased as I am fascinated by trade and routes and have travelled the part of the northern route which lies is China. The route under discussion is 'the so-called Southwest Silk Road from Southwest China via Burma to India.' Bin Yang sets out to his paper
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"to demonstrate the global significance of Yunnan and to redraw the map of early Eurasian communication. While utilizing Chinese scholarship, I supplement Chinese scholars with non-Chinese sources to construct a more comprehensive picture of the Southwest Silk Road that in turn will add a new dimension to the Sino-foreign exchange and Eurasian communication. First, I will present a concise description of the road. Then, focusing on commercial items such as horses, silver, and cowries, I attempt to demonstrate the global importance of Yunnan by illustrating how Yunnan had shaped neighboring societies. Finally, the use of a world-system perspective will contribute to the ongoing world-system debates and add a new dimension to our understanding of Eurasian communications."


My thanks to Jon (JT_BJ) for alerting us to this article.

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