Was Marco Polo a ‘Sexpat’?

Chinese Whispers | 15 April 2024 | 0h 25m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Jeremiah Jenne about his book review Marco Polo: Travel Writer? Fraud? Sexpat? Discusses The Travels of Marco Polo; how much Europeans observe when they go to China and the reliability of their accounts, understood and told through the perspective of the outsider; how Marco Polo’s portrayal of China moulded the western mindset on the country in the centuries since, and even today; and what it says about 13C China that a trio of Venetian merchants could make it to the heart of the Mongol empire.

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