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Book review: Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea 1300—1800

John N. Miksic, an associate professor of archaeology and history at the University of Singapore, reveals that the Silk Road was as much about trade at sea as it was trade over land

By Jerome Keating  /  Contributing reporter

The final chapters of the book expand the details of this vast trade network by placing Singapore in the context of its trading neighbors. Miksic’s one regret is that while trade extended from Japan’s southern Ryukyu Islands to Madagascar, none of the locations along those routes have comparable excavations allowing him to measure how large Singapore was in comparison. This seminal book encourages such, and also opens the door for future historical books and even novelists to expound on the vast history of the Silk Road of the Sea, a point that Taiwanese readers with their own Austronesian past can relate to.

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