How Did The Silk Roads Affect Western Europe

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In the time period from 600- 1450 C.E, at the beginning of the post classical era there was an increase in trade and major religions such as Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam began to spread through trading routes such as the silk roads. The silk roads made easier the spread of many ideas and goods such as weaponry across regions. As these religions spread they became the foundation of new empires and allowing a structure and keeping peace among the people. Over time trade became more and more important with merchants traveling long distances and selling luxury goods to the elites, and commerce on the Indian ocean allowed for an abundance of goods to be transported over a large distance by sea, thus new states and empires coming into greater …show more content…

From 600 to 1450 C.E the Mongol empire provided safe trade routes which allowed for interregional migration within new states and empires to occur, thus allowing for significant technological transfers. Around this time period the Mongols had conquered most of the Chinese and the Arab Empire, while also taking control over the silk roads. The Mongols offered relatively safe protection for travels on the silk roads, allowing for people to freely move between empires, and bring with them goods and technology that they would exchange with other travelers. With the Mongols now in control of the trade routes, they seeked for economic gain, and now they were able to tax the exchange of goods and technology thus accumulating more wealth, and increasing the direct contact and technological transfers between empires. With the Mongol empire expanding and taking control over new territories, they needed to gain wealth to support the military and the population, thus when they took control over the major trade routes they would …show more content…

In the Battle Of Talas around 751 C.E between the Tang dynasty China and the Islamic People. China had lost, and Islam was able to spread its religion through central Asia slowly taking over China, and the Turkic-Speaking people. The Arab empire wanted to capture profitable trade routes and wealthy agricultural regions, thus through conquest the Arab Empire was able to spread and transfer their religious beliefs of Islam. Now, China was slowly becoming under the rule of the Arab Empire and with the Chinese and the turkic speaking peoples they were exposed to the Arab Empire and their religion, even though Islam was not deliberately forced upon the Chinese and turkic people they were expected by the invaders to convert due to social pressure. The Islamic people only believed In Allah, and when the Arab empire conquered parts of China the people converted to Islam because the invaders expected them to convert, even though they didn't force it on the people, the Chinese people were under social pressure to convert. Also, the Turkic Speaking people became exposed to the new religion, and adopted Islam, they quickly became the third- largest group of people to spread Islam. Conquest allowed for new people to be exposed to new religions and ideas thus allowing for the

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