The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War and Faith
Lost in the sands of the Taklamakan desert in western China, there are few places as remote or desolate today as Dandan-Uiliq, Niya or Miran. Lacking strategic or economic importance, their names are known to very few. No roads lead to them and the nearest railway stations and airports are hundreds of miles away. Yet over a thousand years ago they were cosmopolitan and bustling staging posts on a series of great trade routes which led over 5,000 miles from the shores of the Mediterranean to the heartland of China: the Silk Road.
This article is available to History Today online subscribers only. If you are a subscriber, please log in.
Please choose one of these options to access this article:
- Purchase an online subscription
- Purchase a print and online subscription
- If you are already a print subscriber, purchase the online archive upgrade
Call our Subscriptions department on +44 (0)20 3219 7813 for more information.
If you are logged in but still cannot access the article, please contact us
- Middle East
- North America
- South America
- Central America
- Early Modern
- 20th Century
- Economic History
- Environmental History
- Food & Drink
- Historical Memory
- Science & Technology