When Asia Was the World

Traveling Merchants, Scholars, Warriors, and Monks Who Created the ""Riches of the ""East""


By Stewart Gordon

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While European civilization stagnated in the “Dark Ages,” Asia flourished as the wellspring of science, philosophy, and religion. Linked together by a web of spiritual, commercial, and intellectual connections, the distant regions of Asia’s vast civilization, from Arabia to China, hummed with trade, international diplomacy, and the exchange of ideas. Stewart Gordon has fashioned a compelling and unique look at Asia from AD 700 to 1500-a time when Asia was the world-by relating the personal journeys of Asia’s many travelers.


On Sale
Jan 6, 2009
Page Count
256 pages
Da Capo Press

Stewart Gordon

About the Author

Stewart Gordon is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan and the author of three books on Asia. He lives in Ann Arbor.

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