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.
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VeniCe. anD. ByzanTiuM: proFiTaBle. Ties. For centuries Constantinople was the center of trade for both luxury goods from Asia and raw ... With no land to farm, Venice depended entirely on trading salt and fish for other goods.
8 Merchants from Venice settled in ports around the eastern Mediterranean to oversee their international businesses. Everywhere they went, Venetians figured out what products local people wanted and then they provided them.
In the early thirteenth century, French leaders sent envoys to Venice to charter ships and food supplies for forty-five hun- dred knights and twenty thousand foot soldiers for a Fourth Crusade.
He had only one condition: that Venice “shall take the half of all that is con- quered, whether in territory or in money, by land or by sea.” The ten thousand French Crusaders who reached Venice couldn't pay for their passage.
splendid steeds were hoisted up over the doors of the church of San Marco for everyone to see. The balance of power in the eastern Mediterranean was tipping westward. Constantinople's star was sinking. Venice's was rising.
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