Cultural Interaction between China and Central Asia during the Bronze Age

Jianjun Mei

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780197263037
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734007 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Cultural Interaction between China and Central Asia during the Bronze Age

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This lecture discusses some preliminary observations on the early cultural relationship between China and Central Asia in the light of the most recent archaeological discoveries from Northwest China. It considers three main issues: the role of outside influences in the beginnings and early development of bronze metallurgy in China, the shift to the ‘Steppe Road’, and the two-way traffic of cultural influence along the prehistoric ‘Silk Road’. The lecture also tries to show that early cultural interaction between China and Central Asia was the crucial drive for the growth of civilisations in both regions.

Keywords: China; Central Asia; archaeological discoveries; outside influences; bronze metallurgy; cultural influence; Steppe Road; Silk Road; cultural interaction; growth of civilisations

Chapter.  14015 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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