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  • Published: 24 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141039428
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $30.00
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The Paper Trail

An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention




The story of how a Chinese invention has wrapped itself around our world, with history's most momentous ideas etched upon its surface

The Paper Trail tells the story of how a simple Chinese product has for two millennia allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread at an unprecedented rate around the world. Alexander Monro traces this groundbreaking invention's voyage, beginning with the Buddhist translators responsible for its spread across China and Japan, and follows it westward along the Silk Road, where it eventually became the surface of the Quran. Once paper reached Europe, it became indispensable to the scholars who manufactured the Renaissance and Reformation from their desks. As Monro uncovers, paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age.

  • Published: 24 June 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141039428
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $30.00
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