Black Death and Silk Road

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Prompt B: Analyze continuities and changes in patterns of interactions along the Silk Roads from 200 BCE to 1450 CE.

The silk road remained pretty much the same between 200 BCE to 1450 CE. During this time disease, culture and trade spread all around from Asian to European markets. The Silk Road started as a trade route between Europe and Asia. Asians prospered from exporting goods such as silk, spices, porcelain, and jade, to Europeans who were interested in luxury items. It quickly turned in to a pathway for the trade of knowledge.

Goods were not the only thing traded on the Silk Road though so was disease. The most notable was the Bubonic Plague, or in layman’s terms the Black plague. The plague originated from the Mongols and spread westward with the help of the Silk Road. With so many merchants from all over the spread was inevitable. Whether goods were carried from animal or boat the plague was transferred from one man to the next. Anything that reached the Silk Road was spread across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Religion was also spread along the Silk Road. Islam grew huge because merchants liked Islam very much. Islamic nations along the Silk Road were also very advanced due to their contact to the Gupta Dynasty in India. As a result, Europeans gained this knowledge when they went on the Crusades against the Muslims.

Many things along the Silk Road have changed. Goods, knowledge, diseases and religions were traded from Asia to Europe. The Silk Road evolved from the trade of simple goods to the trade of knowledge, culture and a way of life.
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