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China’s Opening of the Silk Road

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in asian studies, history

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SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1 One of the most important aspects of ancient Chinese history is the formation of the Silk Road , a trade route which spanned two continents and put China on the map as one of the most important import /export countries in the ancient world . It ‘s beginnings were smaller in scale as it only encompassed the Chinese Empire itself but it became apparent , after Zhang Qian made contact with Central Asian tribes , that the expansion the trade route would benefit both China and other Asian [banner_entry_middle]

nations . It continued to expand under the Han dynasty and into Roman times (Beauty

One of the most important reasons for its formation as a major trade route was fear of marauding gangs that were eager to obtain the many goods that Chinese merchants filled their caravans with : silk gemstones , incense , spices , and blue and white porcelain were just some fo the cargo traveled along the Silk Road . The Chinese army was even beefed up in to protect this special route that helped to keep China ‘s economy booming . It ‘s reach expanded throughout China and Asia and eventually commerce was developed between the Roman Empire and China (Newton

The long-term impact of the Silk Road on Chinese culture and history were that it literally brought a strong economy to China , and brought the goods and customs of other cultures into its bs . The traders including Zhang Qian in 138 B .C .E , were able to learn economic military , and geographical information that would help in the roads expansion and with Chinese military success . The Silk Road was so important to the culture of both the Eastern and Western world because during Roman times , even the lower socioeconomic classes depended upon the goods that were imported from China on the Silk Road , and even the religion of Buddhism was spread by way of the Silk Road . Its impact on the world was huge and its impact on Chinese culture even more prominent (Newton

Works Cited “The Silk Road ” Beauty , the Land of China . ThinkQuest . 19 Jan . 2007 “The Silk Road ” Newton Public Schools . 19 Jan . 2007 100 Word Assignment

One of the most surprising aspects of my research about the Silk Road was the vast expanse of space which is encompassed . It ‘s amazing how far the caravans had to travel and how large they were . From all accounts the Silk Road was dangerous to those traveling it because of the terrain and yet it was such an integral part of Chinese history and lasted for many years , even expanding . The images of the Silk Road that I could find reminded me the regal images of Chinese royalty , for some reason It ‘s as if everyone is perceived as being clothed in silk from head to toe , even the camels ! I definitely see how difficult the trip must have been because of the limited means of transportation that the merchants had access to , and how they could… [banner_entry_footer]


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