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Silk Road
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From around 500 bce to the end of the 14th century, the Silk Road was the longest and most important system of transportation, trade, and communication of the premodern era, linking Europe and Asia (see the map at Nestorian Mission). With its extensions from China through the eastern Iranian plateau to the Mediterranean world (Trade and traffic in the Mediterranean world) and Eastern Europe, it divided in eastern Turkestan into a northern and a southern route; the latter was marked b…

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Kollmar-Paulenz, Karénina, “Silk Road”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 10 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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