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The Silk Road as Global Imaginary

Imagination, myth, and fantasy have animated national identities and commerce and have sustained capital accumulation through geopolitical and geo-economic plans that fuse policy and ideation in producing and repurposing the topographical terrain. This process, which builds from and extends the realm of fiction in order to commodify and politicize natural human habitats, is what produces, I argue, a global imaginary. [...] In Asia and the West, the so-called Silk Road became a vivid expression of this phenomenon.

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