Teaching the Silk Road: A Guide for College Teachers

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Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric
perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about
China’s Silk Road.

The romance of the Silk Road journey, with its
exotic locales and luxury goods, still excites the popular imagination. But
study of the trade routes between China and central Asia that flourished from
about 200 BCE to the 1500s can also greatly enhance contemporary higher
education curricula. Indeed, with people, plants, animals, ideas, and beliefs
traversing it, the Silk Road is both a metaphor of globalization and an early
example of it.

Teaching the Silk Road highlights the reasons to
incorporate this material into a variety of courses and shares resources to
facilitate that process. It is intended for those who are not Silk Road or Asian
specialists but who wish to embrace a global history and civilizations
perspective in teaching, as opposed to the more traditional approach that
focuses on cultures in isolation. The book explores both classroom and
experiential learning and is intentionally interdisciplinary. Each essay focuses
on pedagogical strategies or themes that teachers can use to bring the Silk Road
into the classroom.

“Based on years of experience, the authors of
Teaching the Silk Road offer sound strategies for both stand-alone
courses on aspects of the route and mainstreaming what has been uncovered in
three decades of research into existing courses in a variety of disciplines.” —
H-Net Reviews (H-Asia)

“This collection of essays and personal
reflections allows the reader to listen in on a relaxed conversation on teaching
the topic of the Silk Road. It offers a nice blueprint for integrating the Silk
Road into new or existing curricula.” — J. Michael Farmer, author of The
Talent of Shu:
Qiao Zhou and the Intellectual World of Early Medieval
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About the author

Jacqueline M. Moore is Professor of History at Austin College. She is the author of several books, including Cow Boys and Cattle Men: Class and Masculinities on the Texas Frontier, 1865–1900. Rebecca Woodward Wendelken is Associate Professor of History at Methodist University.       
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SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2012
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HISTORY / Asia / General
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