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Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road

  • Liang Emlyn Yang
  • Hans-Rudolf Bork
  • Xiuqi Fang
  • Steffen Mischke


  • Provides numerous integrative discussions from various disciplinary angles and perspectives

  • An introduction chapter on general conclusions prepares readers to step-in quickly

  • Experts in various disciplines guarantee a high level of the scientific statements

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Liang Emlyn Yang, Hans-Rudolf Bork, Xiuqi Fang, Steffen Mischke, Mara Weinelt, Josef Wiesehöfer
      Pages 3-22 Open Access
  3. Landscape Evolutions in the Human-Environment System

  4. Natural Disasters and Impacts in the Past Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Miklós Kázmér
      Pages 153-176 Open Access
    3. Rustam Talgatovich Ganiev, Vladimir Vladimirovich Kukarskih
      Pages 177-193 Open Access
    4. Feng Chen, Shulong Yu, Qing He, Bakytbek Ermenbaev, Rysbek Satylkanov
      Pages 215-228 Open Access
  5. Climatic Factors in the Transitions of Social Systems

About this book


This open access book discusses socio-environmental interactions in the middle to late Holocene, covering specific areas along the ancient Silk Road regions. Over twenty chapters provide insight into this topic from various disciplinary angles and perspectives, ranging from archaeology, paleoclimatology, antiquity, historical geography, agriculture, carving art and literacy. The Silk Road is a modern concept for an ancient network of trade routes that for centuries facilitated and intensified processes of cultural interaction and goods exchange between West China, Central Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean. Coherent patterns and synchronous events in history suggest possible links between social upheaval, resource utilization and climate or environment forces along the Silk Road and in a broader area. Post-graduates in studying will benefit from this work, as well as it will stimulate young researchers to further explore the role played by the environment in long-term socio-cultural changes.


Open Access Socio-ecological system Silk Road Historical geography Central Asia Landscape archaeology Paleoclimate change Human-environment interaction Socio-environmental dynamics Climate resilience

Editors and affiliations

  • Liang Emlyn Yang
    • 1
  • Hans-Rudolf Bork
    • 2
  • Xiuqi Fang
    • 3
  • Steffen Mischke
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Institut für ÖkosystemforschungChristian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielKielGermany
  3. 3.Faculty of Geographical ScienceBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Faculty of Earth SciencesUniversity of IcelandReykjavikIceland

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