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About “Can’t grasp the point” for Zhang Qian and the Opening of the Silk Road张骞的“不得要领”与丝绸之路的开通

 Author: Meng Xianshi  Category: Central Asia, Chinese Scholarship, History, Journal  Publisher: The Western Regions Studies, 2020(4), 1-10  Publication Date: 2020  Language: Chinese  Link to Publisher

The west missions of Zhang Qian were failed to achieve at all. The Da-Yue-Zhi and WuSun whom Western Han placed high hope on were lacked understanding of the Han Dynasty. This was the key to Zhang Qian’ s failure to achieve his mission and that is why describing Zhang Qian as ” can’ t grasp the point” in the history books. This fact profoundly proves the significance of Zhang Qian’ s ” ZaoKong( open the way) “. Zhang Qian’ s mission to the Western Regions is one of the major events in human history. As the main platform of human activities,from then,Eurasia began to move towards the initial ” integration”,and political ties between civilizations and countries were initiated. If saying the Age of Discovery opened the second phase of globalization,then Zhang Qian’ s mission to the Western Regions and the opening of the Silk Road was the beginning of the first phase of globalization.