Actually existing Silk Roads

Marsden, Magnus (2017) Actually existing Silk Roads. Journal of Eurasian Studies, 8 (1). pp. 22-30. ISSN 1879-3665

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Abstract

This article explores the relevance of the concept of Silk Road for understandings patterns of trade and exchange between China, Eurasia and the Middle East. It is based on ethnographic fieldwork in the city of Yiwu, in China’s Zhejiang Province. Yiwu is a node in the global distribution of Chinese ‘small commodities’ and home to merchants and traders from across Asia and beyond. The article explores the role played by traders from Afghanistan in connecting the city of Yiwu to markets and trading posts in the world beyond. It seeks to bring attention to the diverse types of networks involved in such forms of trade, as well as their emergence and development over the past thirty years.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Magnus Marsden
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2016 15:30
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 15:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65540

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