Change And Continuity-China

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CAC China Between the years 500 and 1750, China’s involvement in trade and decisions regarding global trade greatly affected their economy. China has always participated in local trade amongst Chinese societies, however new technologies brought change in the trading system and the people the Chinese traded with. There were also time periods of isolation from other countries that were established in order to have less western influence. Transitions with new rulers, advancements in technologies, and expansion of their empire caused for Chinese economic growth or continuance. Many foreign invaders tried to conquer the empires of China for thousands of years, one of which was actually successful. The Mongols started invading parts of northern China during the Song Dynasty. The Mongols were especially focused on the success of trade and established safer trade routes for merchants to travel through. China always had trade routes for merchants to travel through and do business in, so the rulers of China overall didn’t drastically affect trade success until the later dynasties. Chinese rulers started to isolate themselves for other countries in order to stop westernization and promote their former cultures and traditions. Trade was then limited and technology didn’t become more advanced, therefore changing the success of their economy. Advances in technologies promoted trade with other countries and with far away societies. Maritime traded provided the Chinese economy the ability to trade with local societies easier and farther away countries faster. During the Sui dynasty, the Grand Canal was built and it was a waterway that connected Northern china to Southern China. The Chinese had already had local trade amongst societies, but maritime trade had boosted their economy because they had quicker access to more trade. Advancements in technology also
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