European and Italian trades on the Silk Road: a reassessment

  • Salvatore Ciriacono University of Padua
Keywords: trades; Chinese Silk Road; commercial exchange; political affairs; Asian markets; Russian expansion; development; Chinese-Russian rapports; East-West economy connections; Italian artisans in India.


The principal aim of my essay is looking at the presence and the role of  the European and particularly Italian merchants on the so called “Silk Road” during the 17th and 18th century. We have to remember that this expression was introduced by the German geologist Ferdinand von Richthofen, a topic that is receiving a growing attention from the contemporary historians. Indeed this focus is connected to the attention that is given by contemporary economic/political actors to the fortune of the Chinese economy. It is not an accident that Chinese advance is seen by many as the cause of the declining role of Western economies inside the world market.


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How to Cite
Ciriacono, S. (2018). European and Italian trades on the Silk Road: a reassessment. Fundamental and Applied Researches in Practice of Leading Scientific Schools, 27(3), 131-135. Retrieved from