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Highways, byways, and road systems in the pre-modern world /
edited by Susan E. Alcock, John Bodel, and Richard J. A. Talbert.
imprint
Chichester, West Sussex ; New York : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
description
xx, 289 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
ISBN
0470674253 (hardback), 9780470674253 (hardback)
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imprint
Chichester, West Sussex ; New York : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
isbn
0470674253 (hardback)
9780470674253 (hardback)
abstract
"The unparalleled network of roads in the empire of ancient Rome was a remarkable achievement--yet this Roman road network is just the most notable example of an important feature of many pre-modern societies worldwide. Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World presents a comparative analysis of several sophisticated systems of overland transport and communication networks across pre-modern cultures. Featuring contributions from an international team of scholars, these readings delve deeply into the societal, cultural, and religious implications of various transportation networks around the globe. The latest research from the Mediterranean and the Near East is brought together with fresh work from the Americas, Africa, and Asia to reveal the significance and logistics of the movement of people and ideas in the pre-modern world. Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World sheds important new light--and fills a gap in contemporary scholarship--by exploring the importance and interconnectedness of the countless physical pathways of peoples and cultures"--Provided by publisher.
catalogue key
8582110
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-02-01:
The editors bring together 14 essays on the historical, social, and cultural significance of early road systems throughout the world. The authors, all specialists in their own areas, delve deeply into the backgrounds of early roads and traces, producing a stunning cross-cultural examination of the significance of these systems for individuals, state and pre-state societies, and religions. All essays incorporate maps and illustrations to effectively make their analytical points. Each contribution includes a bibliography of important and recent bibliographic citations. Should have wide appeal to academic specialists and programs in history and classics, area studies, anthropology and archaeology, and cultural geography. Summing Up: Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. R. B. Clay emeritus, University of Kentucky
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"Should have wide appeal to academic specialists and programs in history and classics, area studies, anthropology and archaeology, and cultural geography. Recommended. All academic levels/libraries. ( Choice , 1 February 2013)
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"The unparalleled network of roads in the empire of ancient Rome was a remarkable achievement--yet this Roman road network is just the most notable example of an important feature of many pre-modern societies worldwide. Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World presents a comparative analysis of several sophisticated systems of overland transport and communication networks across pre-modern cultures. Featuring contributions from an international team of scholars, these readings delve deeply into the societal, cultural, and religious implications of various transportation networks around the globe. The latest research from the Mediterranean and the Near East is brought together with fresh work from the Americas, Africa, and Asia to reveal the significance and logistics of the movement of people and ideas in the pre-modern world. Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World sheds important new light--and fills a gap in contemporary scholarship--by exploring the importance and interconnectedness of the countless physical pathways of peoples and cultures"--
Main Description
Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World reveals the significance and interconnectedness of early civilizations' pathways. This international collection of readings providing a description and comparative analysis of several sophisticated systems of transport and communication across pre-modern cultures. Offers a comparative analysis of several sophisticated systems of overland transport and communication networks across pre-modern cultures Addresses the burgeoning interest in connectivity and globalization in ancient history, archaeology, anthropology, and recent work in network analysis Explores the societal, cultural, and religious implications of various transportation networks around the globe Includes contributions from an international team of scholars with expertise on pre-modern India, China, Japan, the Americas, North Africa, Europe, and the Near East Structured to encourage comparative thinking across case studies
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The unparalleled network of roads in the empire of ancient Rome was a remarkable achievement--yet this Roman road network is just the most notable example of an important feature of many pre-modern societies worldwide. Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World presents a comparative analysis of several sophisticated systems of overland transport and communication networks across pre-modern cultures. Featuring contributions from an international team of scholars, these readings delve deeply into the societal, cultural, and religious implications of various transportation networks around the globe. The latest research from the Mediterranean and the Near East is brought together with fresh work from the Americas, Africa, and Asia to reveal the significance and logistics of the movement of people and ideas in the pre-modern world. Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World sheds important new light--and fills a gap in contemporary scholarship--by exploring the importance and interconnectedness of the countless physical pathways of peoples and cultures.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Notes on Contributorsp. xiii
Series Editor's
Prefacep. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Introductionp. 1
Overland Shortcuts for the Transmission of Buddhismp. 12
The Power of Highway Networks during China's Classical Era (323 BCE-316 CE): Regulations, Metaphors, Rituals, and Deitiesp. 33
Privatizing the Network: Private Contributions and Road Infrastructure in Late Imperial China (1500-1900)p. 66
Appendix: Chinese Quotations and Glossaryp. 84
Linking the Realm: The Gokaidô Highway Network in Early Modern Japan (1603-1868)p. 90
Obliterated Itineraries: Pueblo Trails, Chaco Roads, and Archaeological Knowledgep. 106
Roads to Ruins: The Role of Sacbeob in Ancient Maya Societyp. 128
The Chinchaysuyu Road and the Definition of an Inca Imperial Landscapep. 147
The Sahara as Highway for Trade and Knowledgep. 168
From the Indus to the Mediterranean: The Administrative Organization and Logistics of the Great Roads of the Achaemenid Empirep. 185
The Well-Remembered Path: Roadways and Cultural Memory in Ptolemaic and Roman Egyptp. 202
Roads, Integration, Connectivity, and Economic Performance in the Roman Empirep. 222
Roads Not Featured: A Roman Failure to Communicate?p. 235
Road Connectivity and the Structure of Ancient Empires: A Case Study from Late Antiquityp. 255
Jews and News: The Interaction of Private and Official Communication-Networks in Jewish Historyp. 265
Indexp. 276
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