The Silk Road, 100 BCE-300 CE

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March 7, 2013
The Silk Road
Rome_____________Central Asia______________Han China
The Nomads
The Silk Road crossed nomadic territory
Extreme Agriculture: humans + omega animals
Sparce population in a large area
Calorie Exchange: 90,000 calories
* Plants- 100,000 calories
* Animals- 10,000 calories
Horse= mobility
No borders (territorial imperative )= pastures
War; Secure pastures
Who are they?
Altaic people
* Turks
* Mongols
* Koreans
* Japanese
Contributions to history
* Chariots (HORSE)-harness on the withers /bit (light cart, drive-by{bronze tires}) * Cavalry –mounted archer (they move in hordes )
Artificial symbiosis +Trade
* (population pressure and supplemental income)
Population Crisis
The Silk Road- 100 BCE-300CE
Trade is going to increase population above what the herds can feed Central Asia becomes fully occupied
Plagues hit Rome + China
* Defenses collapse
* Trade ends
Switch to Raid
Mongols: Xiong- Nu
Han Wudi (Conqueror) his actions created the Silk Road (100 BCE) Xiong-Nu Split into two wings
Eastern Wing: allies of the Han
Western Wing marched away
Chinese Court ; paralyzed/ Dynastic Cycle
Warlords- Mongol Soldiers (fatal error- introduced to China) Turks; Conquer North China
Western Xiong-Nu
Pushed west + hit the Goths (Scandinavia)
Tribal Groups
Nuclear Family (industry)
Extended families (agriculture)
Clan (hunting + gathering: 7th cousin)
Tribe -multiple clans-totem/incest( totems are animals that represent your essence)- it’s a pastoral system Next generation will need an election.
Warriors are going to vote.
Germans flee west
Visigoths – yr 409 Rome
Ostragoths- Italy
The Franks- France
The Danes- Denmark
The juts- Jutland (the neck of denmark)
Burgundian- Burgundy
Angles- England
Saxons- Saxony
Vandals- Vandalism-453 Rome
Alemmani- germany

The old trade routes
I. Trade...
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