The Historical Significance of the Silk Roads

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Kevin Ho 11114856 Historical Significance of the Silk Roads The Silk Roads played a large role in today’s cross cultural influences and exchanges. Today, we have roads that lead us to one point or another. We travel these roads using vehicles while interacting with other drivers and pedestrians. This relates to the Silk Roads in many ways. The Silk Roads lead merchants and travelers to destinations stretching from China all the way to Eastern Europe, this by far is the greatest road established my humankind. While traveling on these roads, merchants “exchange,” whether it be merchandise, goods, or their own cultures. One point of view that we can interpret is The Merchant’s Tale , the story of Nanaivandak, a man from Samarkand who traveled the length the Silk Roads many times. His experiences teach us the ins and outs of the Silk Roads and how easily it was for culture to spread long these routes. The Silk Roads are historically significant for numerous reasons, most importantly; it spread language, religion, culture, and goods to all parts of the eastern world. Stretching across thousands of miles, the Silk Roads was a stepping stone for the entire world. The Silk Roads was a series of roads and routes that stretched from China to Eastern Europe. It allowed merchants to travel from city to city, trading goods and imposing their language along the way. As a successful merchant, one should be able to speak many different languages as well as understand other cultures. Nanaivandak was a flourishing merchant who had the skills of knowing “the languages he would need as a merchant- Arabic, Chinese, and
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course GEN ED 110 taught by Professor Hines during the Fall '08 term at Washington State University .

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