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Paper Trail : An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention (Hardcover) (Alexander Monro)

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A sweeping, richly detailed history that tells the fascinating story of the invention of paper in China two thousand years ago, its spread across Eurasia, and its role in the dawning of European modernity in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.Comprehensively researched, vividly written, The Paper Trail traces the cultural, political, and religious revolutions that this now globally ubiquitous material set in motion when it was new to the world. Alexander Monro--who has lived in, traveled through, studied, and written about China for many years--takes us from paper's refinement in 2nd century A.D. China, where it was used to solidify social and political systems that continue to influence the country today . . . to its use in the dissemination of the religions of Buddhism and Manichaeism . . . to its adoption in the Islamic world where it embedded the Koran in popular culture . . . to its role (together with printing) in the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Scientific Revolution. It is a dramatic, surprising story populated by holy men and scholars, warriors and poets, war-makers and peacekeepers--a story we have never heard in its entirety before, brilliantly told in this luminous work of history.
Number of Pages: 368.0
Genre: History, Technology, Language + Art + Disciplines
Sub-Genre: Civilization, History, Literacy
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Alexander Monro
Language: English
Street Date: March 22, 2016
TCIN: 50242212
UPC: 9780307271662
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-3484

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