played a huge role in the spread of Buddhism and knowledge of how the monsoon

Played a huge role in the spread of buddhism and

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played a huge role in the spread of Buddhism, and knowledge of how the monsoon season worked. Same with Christianity throughout the Roman empire, Confucian and Daoist thought - Christianity was really big in the Roman empire after Constantine made it legal, and then the official religion. It also promoted standardized teachings. E: - The silk roads were, of course, super influential in trade. In some cases it is the sole reason economies grew so much. It gave unemployed people jobs in construction, and made trade safer overall. You could move a lot faster, and therefore in less danger, especially during Pax Romana because there was no one out to get the merchants, at least for political reasons. (land or sea) - It also had quite an impact on furthering the development of trade itself. The silk road brought the use of currency to the African coast. It also helped make sure everybody in an empire was using the same currency, furthering unification and centralization. - When the Chinese and Roman empires were declining focus shifted from the larger market to regional economies as self-sufficiency became more important.

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