Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
China was still thousands of miles away, the other side of a vast region dominated by Islamic rulers. Venice's Rialto was crowded with Germans, Armenians, Slavs, and other foreign merchants but no one from India or China.
After 1241 there were no further attacks on Europe because China and wealthy Islamic cities in what are mod- 29 30 the Chang River when he heard of the death. ern Iran and Iraq promised far richer plunder and tribute than Europe.
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