A ten-year project entitled “Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue” was initiated by UNESCO in 1988.
The project implied several expeditions to be organized to retrace some of the land and maritime routes with the participation of experts from the participating countries. The objective of the project, which uses a multidisciplinary approach, was to perform field studies aimed to understand the extent of the scientific, technological and cultural exchanges which took place between the East and the West along these routes. It was designed to stimulate further research at the international and national levels and promote the concept of multiple identities and a common heritage.
The basic purpose of this project initiated by UNESCO in 1988 as part of the World Decade for Cultural Development was to highlight the complex cultural interactions arising from the encounters between East and West and helping to shape the rich common heritage of the Eurasian peoples.
It is worth reminding that the idea to create the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) first appeared during the “The Silk Road Steppe Route” scientific expedition, which took place in Central Asia in 1991 as a part of the UNESCO “Integral Study of the Silk Roads: Roads of Dialogue” project.
The brochure offers a brief description of the activities performed in the course of the project duration of the project as well as the results achieved.
The publication is available for download at the website of IICAS (http://unesco-iicas.org/library/0/Bulletin+of+IICAS)