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πŸ“™ Highways, Byways, and Road Systems in the Pre-Modern World by Kurt Raaflaub(eds.) β€” free pdf


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
Content:
Chapter 1 Overland Shortcuts for the Transmission of Buddhism (pages 12–32): Jason Neelis
Chapter 2 The Power of Highway Networks during China's Classical Era (323 BCE–316 CE): Regulations, Metaphors, Rituals, and Deities (pages 33–65): Michael Nylan
Chapter 3 Privatizing the Network: Private Contributions and Road Infrastructure in Late Imperial China (1500–1900) (pages 66–89): Nanny Kim
Chapter 4 Linking the Realm: The Gokaido Highway Network in Early Modern Japan (1603–1868) (pages 90–105): Constantine N. Vaporis
Chapter 5 Obliterated Itineraries: Pueblo Trails, Chaco Roads, and Archaeological Knowledge (pages 106–127): James E. Snead
Chapter 6 Roads to Ruins: The Role of Sacbeob in Ancient Maya Society (pages 128–146): Justine M. Shaw
Chapter 7 The Chinchaysuyu Road and the Definition of an Inca Imperial Landscape (pages 147–167): Catherine Julien
Chapter 8 The Sahara as Highway for Trade and Knowledge (pages 168–184): Pekka Masonen
Chapter 9 From the Indus to the Mediterranean: The Administrative Organization and Logistics of the Great Roads of the Achaemenid Empire1 (pages 185–201): Pierre Briant
Chapter 10 The Well?Remembered Path: Roadways and Cultural Memory in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt (pages 202–221): Jennifer Gates?Foster
Chapter 11 Roads, Integration, Connectivity, and Economic Performance in the Roman Empire (pages 222–234): R. Bruce Hitchner
Chapter 12 Roads not Featured: A Roman Failure to Communicate? (pages 235–254): Richard J. A. Talbert
Chapter 13 Road Connectivity and the Structure of Ancient Empires: A Case Study from Late Antiquity (pages 255–264): Michael Maas and Derek Ruths
Chapter 14 Jews and News: The Interaction of Private and Official Communication?Networks in Jewish History1 (pages 265–275): Adam Silverstein

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