Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes is a thorough look at what connected people and places along the famous trade routes through Central Asia. Photo: Thames and Hudson

History of the Silk Road in bite-sized pieces, lavishly illustrated, has its pros and cons, but the whole is at least the sum of its parts

  • Silk Roads: People, Cultures, Landscapes is a wonderful addition to the literature on what is a huge subject – and rather like an old-fashioned encyclopaedia
  • Some of its many short essays cover too much ground in too few words, however tantalising they may be. Overall, this a book to experience rather than read
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Silk Roads: Peoples, Cultures, Landscapes is a thorough look at what connected people and places along the famous trade routes through Central Asia. Photo: Thames and Hudson
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Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon

Peter Gordon is editor of the Asian Review of Books. A publisher and entrepreneur, he has been active in technology, culture and international trade and investment. He is the co-author of “The Silver Way: China, Spanish America and the Birth of Globalisation, 1565–1815”. He has been a resident of Hong Kong since 1985.