The Silk Road Essay

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The Silk Road (Essay) The Silk Road contributed to the economic and cultural development of China to a great extent, due to the attraction of foreign trade, the spread of Buddhism into China, and the introduction of many important ancient artifacts. Though my position on this issue could be argued a variety of ways, the issue is quite open ended, and I feel that these events that occurred during the period of the Silk Road have greatly impacted Chinese culture today. To begin, the Silk Road opened China up to a world of trade. Before the Silk Road, China had been an isolated nation. But when the Silk Road was developed, China became connected to East Asia and the rest of the world to trade the goods that they had such as precious metals and stones for materials that they valued, specifically silk. At that point, China became a part of the rest of the world, as far as trade, where nations could get supplies that could rarely be found. Today, China is a huge country in many industries, and approx. 53.1% of China is industrial. (CIA World Fact Book) Secondly, the development of the Silk Road created a gateway for the spread of religious variety into China. A large amount of the religious influence upon China was Buddhist, brought to China from northern regions. Although many of the Mongols were Islam during their control over the Silk Road, Kublai Khan showed a preference for Buddhism. When it comes down to it, Buddhism not only affected the lives and cultures of China and surrounding regions but also left us with a world of wonders in arts and literature. Although almost all of China is now Atheist, the majority of those religious people are Buddhist/Daoist/Christian. Last of all, the Silk Road brought to China thousands of ancient books and artifacts that were sold to foreign countries such as France and England and are now displayed in museums and colleges,

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