When Asia Was the World

whenasiaby Stewart Gordon
2008 / 228 pages
non-fiction / history – Asia
rating: 8.75

Reading this book not too long after Civilization by Niall Ferguson enlarges both of them, I think. Makes me wonder what kind of “apps” (Ferguson’s term) Asia had in the thousand years prior to Western domination.

Oh well, Gordon is a noted historian and his book is an interesting look at what was going on in Asia, from Tunisia to Beijing to Goa and southern Spain. Using the primary accounts of nine different individuals Stewart moves from monks to philosophers and traders and an apothecary showing the connections.


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