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The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention

The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of the World's Greatest Invention

This is the story of how a simple Chinese product allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread at an unprecedented rate around the world and down the social scale.

Chapter 1. Tracing Paper

Chapter 2. Alpha and Omega

Chapter 3. Preparing the Soil

Chapter 4. Genesis

Chapter 5. At the Margins

Chapter 6. Paper Rain

Chapter 7. Papyrocracy

Chapter 8. The Handover

Chapter 9. Bibliophiles

Chapter 10. Building Books

Chapter 11. A New Music

Chapter 12. Bagdatixon and its Ologies

Chapter 13. A Continent Divides

Chapter 14. Translating Europe

Chapter 15. A New Dialogue

Chapter 16. By the Cartload

Epilogue: Fading Trails

Notes

Bibliography