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Karly MacLean
12/5/12
4th Hour AP World
Continuities and Changes along the Silk Roads
The Silk Roads became an important role for trade by exchanging goods, religions, ideas, and technology. The Silk roads consisted of land routes from China to the Roman Empire and sea lanes as well. These routes were dependent on imperial stability from the empires that controlled them. The merchants on the Silk Roads also relied on the empires to keep them safe while they traded and traveled. Between 200 B.C.E and 1450 B.C.E, the dominant religion changed from Buddhism to Islam and the security and stability of the routes changed from the Persian Empire to the Turks and Mongols; on the other hand, there was a constant spread of disease and the spreading of technology and ideas stayed the same.

To begin with, the dominant religion changed from Buddhism to Islam and the security and stability of the routes changed from the Persian Empire to the Turks and Mongols. Over time the dominant religion on the routes changed from Buddhism to Islam. Siddhartha Gautama, “the enlightened one”, begins teaching the Dharma to his followers. They had the life of wandering, meditation, and begging for food. This established monastic communities; very important institution in India. Due to the development of these monasteries merchants can have shelter when they travel. Buddhism then becomes the primary religion on the silk roads. As trade increases, waves of Christian missionaries start to appear. Gregory the Wonderworker spreads Christianity to the Middle East, North Africa, and further into Europe. This leads to the spread of Manichaeism. The prophet, Mani, viewed himself as a prophet for all humanity. He blended Christianity, Buddhism, and Zoroastrianism. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire took control. Christianity is becomes the dominant religion. From the east Muslim Saljuqs invade and threaten the grain supply. The expansion of Islam is now forming. The...
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