Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present. by Christopher I. Beckwith.
03-20-2016 (Photo: The ruins of a Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) Chinese watchtower made of rammed earth at Dunhuang, Gansu province, the eastern edge of the Silk Road.) http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules Twitter: @BatchelorShow Empires of the Silk Road: A History of Central Eurasia from the Bronze Age to the Present. by Christopher I. Beckwith. "Christopher I. Beckwith, professor of Central Eurasian studies at Indiana University, suggests in his recent book, Empires of the Silk Road (Princeton University Press), that 'the most crucial element' of societies all through Central Eurasia--including the ones analyzed by this exhibition--was the 'sociopolitical-religious ideal of the heroic lord' and of a 'war band of his friends' that was attached to him and 'sworn to defend him to the death.' This idea, he suggests, affected the organization of early Islam as well as the structure of Tibetan Buddhist devotion. In fact, this 'shared political ideology across Eurasia,' Mr. Beckwith suggests, 'ensured nearly constant warfare.' The region's history is a history of competing empires; trade became part of what was later called the Great Game."--Edward Rothstein, New York Times http://www.amazon.com/Empires-Silk-Road-History-Central/dp/0691150346/ref=sr11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1388449660&sr=1-1&keywords=Christopher+Beckwith%2C+Silk+Road