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Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road

  • 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

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. On the Paleo-climatic/Environmental Impacts and Socio-Cultural System Resilience along the Historical Silk Road

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

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 23-23
    2. Evolution of Saline Lakes in the Guanzhong Basin During the Past 2000 Years: Inferred from Historical Records

      • Jie Fei, Hongming He, Liang Emlyn Yang, Xiaoqiang Li, Shuai Yang, Jie Zhou
      Pages 25-44Open Access
    3. Landscape Response to Climate and Human Impact in Western China During the Han Dynasty

      • Steffen Mischke, Chengjun Zhang, Chenglin Liu, Jiafu Zhang, Zhongping Lai, Hao Long
      Pages 45-66Open Access
    4. The Ili River Delta: Holocene Hydrogeological Evolution and Human Colonization

      • Jean-Marc Deom, Renato Sala, Anne Laudisoit
      Pages 67-94Open Access
  4. Natural Disasters and Impacts in the Past Societies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 151-151
    2. Living with Earthquakes along the Silk Road

      • Miklós Kázmér
      Pages 153-176Open Access
    3. Natural Disasters in the History of the Eastern Turk Empire

      • Rustam Talgatovich Ganiev, Vladimir Vladimirovich Kukarskih
      Pages 177-193Open Access
    4. A Drought Reconstruction from the Low-Elevation Juniper Forest of Northwestern Kyrgyzstan since CE 1565

      • Feng Chen, Shulong Yu, Qing He, Bakytbek Ermenbaev, Rysbek Satylkanov
      Pages 215-228Open Access
  5. Climatic Factors in the Transitions of Social Systems

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 229-229
    2. Social Impacts of Climate Change in Historical China

      • Xiuqi Fang, Yun Su, Zhudeng Wei, Jun Yin
      Pages 231-245Open Access
    3. Climate Change and the Rise of the Central Asian Silk Roads

      • Daniel J. Hill
      Pages 247-259Open Access

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.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Graduate School “Human Development in Landscapes”, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

    Liang Emlyn Yang

  • Institut für Ökosystemforschung, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

    Hans-Rudolf Bork

  • Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

    Xiuqi Fang

  • Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

    Steffen Mischke

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