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Chungará (Arica)

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Abstract

KHAZANOV, Anatoly M. STEPPE NOMADS IN THE EURASIAN TRADE. Chungará (Arica) [online]. 2019, vol.51, n.1, pp.85-93. ISSN 0717-7356.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-73562019005000302.

The nomads of the Eurasian steppes, semi-deserts, and deserts played an important and multifarious role in regional, interregional transit, and long-distance trade across Eurasia. In ancient and medieval times their role far exceeded their number and economic potential. The specialized and non-autarchic character of their economy, provoked that the nomads always experienced a need for external agricultural and handicraft products. Besides, successful nomadic states and polities created demand for the international trade in high value foreign goods, and even provided supplies, especially silk, for this trade. Because of undeveloped social division of labor, however, there were no professional traders in any nomadic society. Thus, specialized foreign traders enjoyed a high prestige amongst them. It is, finally, argued that the real importance of the overland Silk Road, that currently has become a quite popular historical adventure, has been greatly exaggerated.

Keywords : Steppe nomads; Eurasian trade; the Silk Road; caravans.

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