The Silk Road

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Silk Road, the trade routes which spanned Asia for over a thousand years, carrying Buddhism to China and paper-making and gunpowder westwards.
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Tim Barrett is Professor of East Asian History at the School of Oriental and African Studies;

Naomi Standen is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Newcastle University;

Frances Wood is Head of the Chinese Section at the British Library.

IOTH: The Silk Road