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Silk Road Cultural Diffusion

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Elizabeth Dabundo

on 11 January 2011

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Silk Road Cultural Diffusion What is the Silk Road? What is the Silk Road? -Series of trade routes connecting
Asia to Mediterranean and Europe
-Routes started in Eastern China and
split and spread across Asia, came
together in Middle East
-Trade varied with conditions What is Cultural Diffusion? What is Cultural diffusion? -The spread of ideas, people,
inventions, and ways of life from
one place to another History -Used as early as 300 BC
-Before Silk Road, trade was common
between Asian peoples
-Connected China to Rome
-Was in use until late 15th century. Tang Dynasty -Trade grew under the Tang (618 AD)
-Encouraged trade
-Extended Routes
-Imported new items
-Towns grew around oases, and became
culturally diverse
-Arts thrived
-When Tang Dynasty weakened in late 9th
century, so did trade.

Spread of Religion -Han Dynasty extended westward into
new territories.
-Granted western people access to China
-Missionaries traveled along Silk Road
-Spread through other people
-Isolated peoples saw 'new religions as
link to outside world Common Trade included... West to East: gold, silver, wool
glass, ivory, fruit, Buddhism, clothing
styles, music, instruments, inventions

East to West: silk, herbs, tea, jade
carvings, bamboo, inventions, ceramics,
mathematics Buddhism -Most successful religion to travel
over Silk Road
-Han emperor sent for Buddhist
missionaries in 148 AD
-Able to blend with previously existing
religions in China
-Buddhist texts were translated
Romans and Silk -Romans knew very little about about Chinese
-Developed taste for Eastern luxuries
-Very rare; only richest Romans could afford
to wear small amounts of silk
-Paid for in gold and silver Conclusion -2,000 years of trade through Asia and
Europe led to goods spreading over
time and becoming integrated into
other cultures.
-Ideas adapted
-New items common, accepted by people -Cultural diffusion was a
result of trade along the
Silk road.
-Over years of trading, new goods
and ideas became common
-As religions traveled eastard, they took
root and spread
-The demand for Asian luxury items was
-Trade through merchants became
common and accepted Elizabeth Dabundo Examine the development of trade along the Silk Road.
How did this interaction lead to cultural diffusion? Cite
at least two specific examples. THESIS Merchants -Traveled in caravans
-Brought goods from homeland
-Sogdians: group of traders that
dominated trade from 2nd
century until fall of Tang
-Traded items from all over
Asia and Europe
-Frequent trade
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