Books and Blogs

Approaching the vast literature surrounding the Silk Road can be a daunting task. We began our research on the topic by reading three history books: Silk Road: Monks, Warriors & Merchants by Luce Boulnois, The Silk Roads: A New History of The World by Peter Frankopan and Il Cammello Battriano by Stefano Malatesta (Italian only).

The Silk Road is perhaps the oldest and most famous case of globalisation. So a few books on that immense topic, and of its impact on the regions of the Silk Road, have to make the reading list. Some important works include The Globalisation Paradox by Dani Rodrik, or Globalisation And Its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz.

As economists love diversification, we also dove into the myriad of adventure books and their tales of expeditions past. Some personal favourites are The Places in Between by Rory Stewart, Foreign Devils on the Silk Road by Peter Hopkirk, and A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush by Eric Newby.

And as travelling is about the stories we also read some works of fiction, including Silk by Alessandro Baricco and Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino.

The literature on the Silk Road is vast, and we intend to add to it. But we have a long way to go before that happens. So in the meantime, if you want to find out more about the modern day Silk Road, keep an eye on this blog by the Financial Times.

Our Silk Road Readings