Lecture12ASilk Road

Lecture12ASilk Road - Lecture 12A The Silk Road The...

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Lecture 12A: The Silk Road The Classical era witnessed the growth and consolidation of vast empires such as Rome, China, and Parthia. This was a time of relative political stability, economic prosperity, and close proximity of borders that encouraged an unprecedented growth in long-distance trade. Regular land and sea routes, known collectively as the silk roads , became established thoroughfares for the spread of good and cultures. This had several consequences; 1. Regions began to specialize in certain products that were particularly valuable as trade goods. 2. Merchants, traders, mariners, and bankers became much more wealthy and influential than ever before 3. Merchants, travelers, and missionaries carried popular religious beliefs to distant lands via the Silk Road. Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Mithraism in particular became much more widespread. 4. Disease pathogens were carried to populations that had no immunities to them, causing epidemics throughout Eurasia. Inadvertently these epidemics contributed to the downfall of the Han and Roman empires. For more visit:
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2010 for the course SOCIOLOGY 120 taught by Professor Card during the Spring '10 term at Grossmont.

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