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How China’s first ‘silk road’ came to life – on the seas

Few images are more enduring in the historical imagination than that of the train of two-humped Bactrian camels plodding across desert sands from west to east, or vice-versa, across the vast open spaces of Eurasia. Now that China is edging towards a modern incarnation of the “silk road” it is worth remembering how this emblem of the […]