Throughout human history, routes have ferried not just people but books, scrolls, and art, in addition to armies, ambassadorial entourages, slaves, brides, and pilgrims. The interaction of people on routes generated surprising innovations.
Through myths, memoirs, and songs associated with twelve such great routes across five continents, historian Stewart Gordon shows how they captured the collective imagination and shaped the expectations of generations of would-be travellers.
Stewart N. Gordon is an American-born historian, teacher, lecturer, writer, and consultant. Gordon was trained at the University of Michigan (BA, MA, PhD) in Asian history and sociology. He is currently a senior research fellow of the Center for South Asian Studies at the University of Michigan with specialties in pre-colonial South Asian history, trans-regional Asian history and World history. Gordon has consulted with several public school districts on new strategies for the teaching of World history. He has consulted for series on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.