Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road
Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Allen Lane/Penguin Press, 2015) is the latest book by Associate Professor Scott Levi
Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road examines the sophisticated techniques Multani and Shikarpuri merchants used to convert a modest amount of merchandise into vast portfolios of trade and moneylending ventures. Professor Levi also challenges the notion that the rising tide of European trade in the Indian Ocean usurped the overland ‘Silk Road’ trade and pushed Central Asia into economic isolation. In fact, it was at precisely the same historical moment that thousands of Multanis began making their way to Central Asia, linking the early modern Indian and Central Asian economies closer together than ever before.