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The ancient world saw the expansion of Western Asian, Mediterranean and Polynesian civilizations as transport networks for trade were established. Later, imperial expansion reached far flung corners of the world. The Great Trade Routes examines the principal trade networks throughout history, encompassing coastal and trans-oceanic maritime trade, inland waterway traffic, and overland trade. Filled with fascinating historical detail, exotic locales, and a wealth of illustrations, the book analyzes the importance of trade to commercial and cultural exchange, focusing on great routes such as the Silk Road, the Grand Trunk, Via Maris, Hanseatic and Mediterranean sea-routes, tea and grain races and passages to the New World.
Philip Parker is the author of the acclaimed The Empire Stops Here. He lives in England.
~ Praise for The Great Trade Routes ~
“….Lavishly illustrated in beautiful color thoughout…breathtaking two-page spreads…I am still going back to read and learn from this book. It is a one-stop education in trade and shipping, and I highly recommend it to you.”
— Powership, Spring 2013
“This is a broad, fascinating saga of mankind’s growth at sea and on land told with rich detail and understanding of what became today’s world…An exceptional item every local library would be delighted to have donated to its reference collection. Expensive, but a rare treat from cover to cover.”
— Sea Classics