Communication and Empire

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Team contributors Hilde De Weerdt and Julius Morche served as consultation chairs at the conference “Connecting the Silk Road: Trade, People and Social Networks 400 1300 AD”, which was held at Leiden University and Hermitage Amsterdam on May 17 and 18. The presented papers covered a big range of intervals, areas, objects and disciplinary specializations and highlighted the complexity and dynamics of interactions of social groups, gadgets and architectural structures via and among the networks created along the Silk Road. Linking China and Europe through various land routes across Eurasia, the Silk Road offers a chance to historians with a neighborhood focus to border their analysis questions in a world angle. Presenters covered Johannes Preiser Kapeller Austrian Academy of Sciences who used the idea of social community evaluation and the tools of spatial community visualization to point out the complexity of entanglements among places, people and gadgets along the Silk Road. Through a comprehensive analysis of Chinese items and inner Asian fashioning across Eurasia, Ursula Brosseder University of Bonn mentioned the interaction and trade along the Silk Road between the fourth century BCE and the first century CE and emphasized the intermediate role played by the Inner Asian Steppe.

Responding to a up to date proposition of small scale buying and selling activities along the Silk Road, Susan Whitfield British Library discussed trade in luxury goods on the foundation of facts from Buddhist stupas and cave temples around the Tarim Basin. Peter Hoppenbrouwers Leiden University explored the styles of occasional migratory flights of pretty small groups of nomads from the steppe to the sedentary areas across Eurasia and mentioned the impact of this specific variety of nomadic invasion on the sedentary populations and polities in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

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