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Book Title: The Spice Route|
The author of the book: John Keay
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9780719561993
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 492 KB
Edition: John Murray
Read full description of the books The Spice Route:The Spice Route spans three millennia and circles the world to chronicle the history of the spice trade. John Keay tells of ancient Egyptians who pioneered maritime trade to fetch the incense of Arabia; Graeco-Roman navigators who found their way to India for pepper and ginger; Columbus, who sailed west for spices; de Gama, who sailed east for them; and Magellan, who sailed across the Pacific on the exact same quest. A veritable spice race evolved as the West vied for control of the spice-producing islands, stripping them of their innocence and the spice trade of its mystique. This saga, progressing from the voyages of the ancients to the blue-water trade that came to prevail by the seventeenth century, transports us from the dawn of history to the ends of the earth.
Read information about the authorJohn Keay (born 1941) is an English journalist and author specialising in writing popular histories about India and the Far East, often with a particular focus on their colonisation and exploration by Europeans.
John Keay is the author of about 20 books, all factual, mostly historical, and largely to do with Asia, exploration or Scotland. His first book stayed in print for thirty years; many others have become classics. His combination of meticulous research, irreverent wit, powerful narrative and lively prose have invariably been complimented by both reviewers and readers.
UK-based and a full-time author since 1973, he also wrote and presented over 100 documentaries for BBC Radios 3 and 4 from 1975-95 and guest-lectured tour groups 1990-2000. He reviews on related subjects, occasionally speaks on them, and travels extensively.
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