The Silk Road: Is History Repeating Itself?

by Laszlo Montgomery
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What you'll learn

The history of the Ancient Silk Road

The stories of adventurer Zhang Qian and Emperor Wu of Han

The story of Marco Polo’s travels to China during the time of Kublai Khan

The impact of the Silk Roads on world history

The background behind the announcement of the Belt and Road Initiative

An overview of the scope of the project

What does China want from this massive project?

Pros and Cons of the Belt and Road Initiative

Who are the main countries and what are the marquee project


Join China History Podcast host and creator Laszlo Montgomery as he offers a brief and easy to understand overview of China’s massive One Belt One Road (OBOR) global infrastructure development project. Also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), this project, announced in 2013 comprises a land route or “Belt” referred to as the Silk Road Economic Belt. The “Road” refers to the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

The project builds on the ancient Silk Road trade routes that once connected China to the Mediterranean, a path famously traveled by Marco Polo. The inspiration for the Maritime Silk Road comes from the routes traveled by Ming Dynasty diplomat, admiral and adventurer Zheng He.

This course will explain modern usages of the historical Ancient Silk Roads in the context of the Silk Roads history that unfolded from the Western Han Dynasty clear through to the Song. Both the modern BRI and the Silk Roads of antiquity spanned the distances stretching from China to Europe, and in the case of the BRI, far beyond.

Already a news story that is discussed throughout the world media, the One Belt One Road / Belt and Road Initiative will continue to remain front and center in geopolitical discussions in the decades to come. This course will offer you a good background understanding of the main points and the ancient history that drives the spirit of this most ambitious 21st century infrastructure project in all of Chinese history.

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About Laszlo Montgomery

Laszlo Montgomery is the creator and presenter of the long-running China History Podcast. The program is listened to around the world and brings hundreds of different topics to eager learners of China’s long history. Laszlo has also been involved in China business since 1989, primarily in manufacturing and exporting consumer products to the US mass market. He lived in Hong Kong from 1989 to 1998 and has traveled extensively to China since 1980.

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Frequently asked questions

July 6, 2021

Episodes for this course are released twice a week as soon as the cohort begins.

Yes! Episodes are initially released twice a week when the course starts but you'll always have full access to the episodes and any additional resources, even after you've completed the course with your group of peers.

Collaborative learning courses are all about bringing learners together to support and empower each other, so it's important that you all go through the experience at the same time. Sharing the experience with others challenges you, motivates you, and emphasises discussion and collaboration.

The Silk Road: Is History Repeating Itself?

by Laszlo Montgomery

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