John Miksic’s lecture: Maritime Silk Road – A Singapore Point of View

Always been a big fan of Dr Miksic’s lectures, although once in a while I can’t catch his accent. He is Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. I am currently reading his book – Singapore and the Silk Road of the Sea, 1300-1800.20160301_075332

Dr Miksic will be giving a public lecture on 18th March 2016, Friday, 7-8pm, at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)’s Ngee Ann Auditorium. Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis.

“The term “silk road” has become a shorthand way of referring to the trade between China and the West in ancient times.

Most people assume that the main communication route between the two ancient centres of civilisation was by land. Archaeology and history however show that many more people and goods travelled by sea.

This talk will show how Singapore was first created as a meeting place between people from distant lands around 1300, how it rose and fell…” – lecture introduction by ACM.

So, Singapore was a major link in the maritime Silk Road of the 14th century?

Dr John Miksic. Image source: NUS Museum blog

Dr John Miksic. Image source: NUS Museum blog