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Paper Trail

by Alexander Monro

PUBLISHED: 7th May 2015
ISBN: 9780141039428
ANNOTATION:
Presents a story of how a Chinese product has for two millennia allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread across the world. In this book the author traces the invention's voyage, beginning with the Buddhist translators responsible for its spread across China and Japan. It became indispensable to the scholars, when the paper reached Europe.
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PUBLISHED: 7th May 2015
ISBN: 9780141039428
ANNOTATION:
Presents a story of how a Chinese product has for two millennia allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread across the world. In this book the author traces the invention's voyage, beginning with the Buddhist translators responsible for its spread across China and Japan. It became indispensable to the scholars, when the paper reached Europe.

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Presents a story of how a Chinese product has for two millennia allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread across the world. In this book the author traces the invention's voyage, beginning with the Buddhist translators responsible for its spread across China and Japan. It became indispensable to the scholars, when the paper reached Europe.

Publisher Description

The Paper Trail tells the story of how a simple Chinese product has for two millennia allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread at an unprecedented rate around the world. Alexander Monro traces this groundbreaking invention's voyage, beginning with the Buddhist translators responsible for its spread across China and Japan, and follows it westward along the Silk Road, where it eventually became the surface of the Quran. Once paper reached Europe, it became indispensable to the scholars who manufactured the Renaissance and Reformation from their desks. As Monro uncovers, paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age.

Author Biography

Alexander Monro studied Chinese at the University of Cambridge and in Beijing before working for The Times in London and for Reuters in Shanghai. He has contributed chapters to The Dragon Throne (a history of China's dynasties) and The Seventy Great Journeys in History, and edited two travel poetry anthologies, including China- City and Exile. In 2011, he won the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction for The Paper Trail, his first book. He lives with his wife in the Cotswolds, and writes on contemporary China.

Product Details

Author
Alexander Monro
Year
2015
ISBN-10
0141039426
ISBN-13
9780141039428
Media
Book
Publication Date
2015-05-07
Pages
384
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Subtitle
An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention
Language
English
Format
Paperback
Short Title
The Paper Trail
Audience
General/Trade