‘Inter-Asia’ through inland eyes: Afghan trading networks across land and sea

Marsden, Magnus (2021) ‘Inter-Asia’ through inland eyes: Afghan trading networks across land and sea. Acta Via Serica, 6 (1). pp. 165-184. ISSN 2508-5824

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This article demonstrates the significance of long-distance networks formed by traders from Afghanistan and Central Asia to the forging of present-day transregional connections within Asia. It identifies two connective corridors authored by these traders: a ‘Eurasian corridor’ connecting East Asia to post-Soviet Eurasia and extending into Western Europe and a ‘West Asian corridor’ involving traders originally from Central Asia linking East Asia to Turkey and the Arabian Peninsula. Empirically, the paper documents and analyses the varying cultural and political orientations of traders operating along these networks, and ways in which specific nodes in the networks contribute to their activities as a whole. Conceptually, the papers suggest that the study of ‘inter-Asian’ connections stands to benefit from deploying oceanic and inland models of geography in a non-dichotomous manner.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
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Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2021 09:06
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2023 14:19
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/97025

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