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Muslims, Christians and Buddhists traded mostly in silk and gave it out as a sacred token in the process of spreading their religious beliefs. Buddhist monks travelled willingly to India whereas Islamic groups produced bulks of silk to trade in Eurasia, which facilitated the spread of religious beliefs between nations. Buddhists and Muslims spread their beliefs across India, China, and Japan (Omar, 2014).
Acquisition of technology and innovation by the East from lands in the West was another advantage of the silk route (Omar, 2014). The Steppe nomads passed on harnesses, saddles and stirrups for use in animal transport. Mountain road construction and bridge construction was an essential addition to the people of the East.
One of the disadvantages of the silk route was the spread of diseases such as smallpox, measles and bubonic plague. The route involved significant human traffic and hence easy spread of the communicable infections. These infections were catastrophic in Europe killing many people (Omar, 2014).
Another disadvantage was the rise of intermediaries involved in the trade. These intermediaries would charge hefty prices for the acquisition of goods hence making huge profits and start acting like bullies to the Far East
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It consists of 2 components – exports and imports. International trade has been in existence since the ancient times when countries across Asia and Europe used to exchange goods on the silk route. The importance of international trade has been growing recently with many countries increasing their national income through international trade route.
The routes, mostly stretching between the East and the West, linked different regions and countries of the ancient as well as the medieval world. Since the term, “Silk Road”, does not refer to any single route of communication, modern historians prefer ‘silk routes’ to ‘silk road’ in order to refer to the interstate or international commercial relation among the countries among countries of the ancient and the medieval world.
The land routes were later supplemented by the sea routes with the invention of sea technology. The area separating the China from the west is not a hospitable place as a majority of the land is occupied by the Taklimakan Desert (Franck 60). The desert is characterized by sand storms, little vegetation and rainfall.
Characteristic of the capitalist economic system is the adherence of to the principles of free trade. It is through free trade that states reduce if not abolish all restrictions on capital and commodity exchange. Traders from different countries no longer have to deal with the obstacles that are usually established by governments meant to discourage the entry of too many imported products and capital.
The author states that there were numerous commodities traded during these travels. Caravans moving towards China were loaded with ivory, gold, silver, glass, and precious gems. Even exotic foods, such as, pomegranates and carrots were traded to China. Similarly, China exported jade, bronze, iron, porcelain, and silk.
the influence of ecological factors in the development of culture, facilitating the study of the active interactions between ecological forces and human beings, and the identification of the causes of the stimulation of cultural exchanges and material trade along the Silk Road.
As a result, several cities developed as large trading centers serving the immediate mixed population at the coast. The influence from the trade routes significantly generated a rise of powerful city-states and the rapid
These cultural interactions happened to occur in regions of the Asian continent and other continents such as African continent. The main theme was to connect these regions by linking traders, monks, soldiers, urban dwellers, merchants, and pilgrims from different
Presently, although the religion is mainly practiced in Asia and predominantly India, its influences are evident in other parts of the world. Buddhism’s greatest appeal, which also gives it a universal outlook, lies in its teachings of the four noble truths that explain suffering, unsatisfactoriness and anxiety.