Silk Roads Ccot

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COT Essay: Silk Roads 100 BCE-500CE Mankind, since its earliest days, has always coveted what his neighbor possess. Thus, trade has been a driving force in almost every sophisticated society the Earth has seen. One particularly signifigant instance of trade between civilizations is the Silk Roads, which connected China, India, Persia, and the Mediterranean. Like all such trade routes, they underwent extensive change through the ages. During the period of 100 BCE-500CE, the Silk Roads went from prosperous and bustling to slightly decrepit and relativly unused, mostly because of the collapse of a number of empires which fueled its trade. Despite this, however, the Silk Roads continued to provide transportation of agricultural products,…show more content…
The major religions spread during this time period were Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity. Buddhism expanded from northern India in about 200 CE to small oasis communities along the Silk roads such as Merv, Samarkand, and Kuqa, where monks or merchants explained the religion to them. From there, Buddhism spread to the steppelands of central Asia and China, where it caused huge uproar and forever changed Chinese government by helping to disestablish the Confucian doctrines which were the norm, and by 500 CE, Chinese were readily accepting it. Hinduism mostly gained a following in southeast Asian islands such as Java and Sumatra, where, by 100 CE, they had adopted Hindu cults of Shiva and Vishnu. Christianity spread its message of salvation throughout much of the Mediterranean basin and the Roman Empire, despite the Romans attempts to quash it. Missionaries in the second and third centuries CE followed Paul of Tarsus’s example, and became reknown for miracle working. By 300 CE, Christianity had expanded to north Africa, Syria, and Palestine. Religion, unlike commercial products, was not affected by the collapse of empires, having left its mark when it touched a

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