WHAP Student Copy Post Classical Trade Routes

Post-Classical Trade Routes
Objective: To compare and contrast the impact of
significant trade routes in the post-classical world
Do Now: List facts about the Silk Roads.
I. The Silk Roads
A. Land-based trade routes that linked pastoral and __________ peoples
B. Linked large civilizations on Eurasia’s outer rim
C. More of a “relay trade” in which goods were _______ down the line
D. Outer Eurasia
1. Relatively warm, well-watered, and suitable for __________
2. Civilizations of China, India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean
E. Inner Eurasia
1. Eastern Russia and Central Asiaharsher and ______ climate
2. Not conducive to agriculture
3. Inhabited by ________ peoples herding animals from horseback
4. Products of the forest and semi-arid northern grasslands known as the
________ included hides, furs, livestock, wool, and amber
5. Movement of pastoral peoples  diffuse Indo-European languages,
bronze metallurgy, horse-based technologies  across Eurasia
F. Silk Road trading networks ________ most when large and powerful states
provided security for merchants and travelers
1. Trade flourished during the classical era - Roman and Chinese empires
2. Flourishedseventh and eighth centuries CE  the ________ Empire,
the Muslim Abbasid dynasty, and the Tang Dynasty in China
3. Flourished  Thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, during the Pax
Mongolia of the ________ Empire
G. Most of the goodsluxury products for an elite/wealthy market rather
than staple goods: Of course, silk came to ________ this exchange system
1. Chinese originally held a monopoly on silk-making, by the sixth century
C.E., knowledge and technology for producing raw silk had _______
2. Byzantines, Koreans, Japanese, Indians, and Persians learned
3. Silk was used as currency in Central Asia
4. Symbol of high status – gift to monasteries (symbol of _____ honor)
H. Conduit of Culture
1. Buddhism ________ on Silk Roads – owing much to merchants
2. Buddhism had appealed to merchants  its universal message
3. But Persian Zoroastrianism blocked spread of Buddhism to west, except
oasis cities of Central Asia: Merv, Samarkand, Khotan, and Dunhuang
4. Buddhism changed on the Silk Roads
a) More devotional Mahayana form of Buddhism ________ on Silk
Roads rather than more austere psychological teachings of Buddha
b) In northwest India, statues of the Buddha revealed distinctly Greek
influences from the invasions of __________ the Great
5. Diseases
a) Diseases traveled the trade routes of Eurasia too
b) Smallpox and measles devastated populations of both the _______
Empire and Han dynasty, contributing to their political collapse
1. Yet these diseases may have strengthened the appeal of
Christianity in Europe and Buddhism in China
c) Bubonic plague ravaged the coastal areas of the ___________ Sea
between 534 and 750 CE
1. Preventing Byzantium from reintegrating Italy into its version of
a renewed ________ Empire
2. Repeated recurrence weakened the ability of Christendom to
resist the ________ armies pouring in seventh century CE
3. Most well-known dissemination of diseaseMongol Empire
during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuriesBlack Death
from China to EuropeBetween 1346 and 1350, about one-third
of the population of Europe perished from the _________
II. Indian Ocean Trade
A. Until the creation of a genuinely oceanic system of trade after
1500represented the largest sea-based system
B. Transportation costs were lower on the SeaShips could accommodate
larger and heavier cargoes than ___________
C. Monsoons with their alternative wind currents that blew predictably
eastward during the summer months and ___________ during winter
D. Operated across an “archipelago of towns”Dates back to First
CivilizationsIn Classical Era, learned to use __________ winds
E. The fulcrum of this growing commerce lay in India itself
F. Oceanic commerce had a significant impact on Southeast Asia and East
Africa, especially the introduction of Hindu, Buddhist, or Islamic _______
G. Malay sailors opened an all-sea route between _______ and China through
the Straits of Malacca around 350 CE
1. Malay kingdom of Srivijaya dominated choke point from 670 to 1025
H. Sailendra kingdom in central Java, an agriculturally rich region  between
the eighth and tenth centuries featuring Hindu temples/Buddhist
monuments (most famousBorobudur: ______ Buddhist monument-world)
I. In East Africa, a civilization known as Swahili (also a ________) emerged in
the eighth century CE, stretching from present-day Somalia to Mozambique
1. With rise of Islam, increased commerce on western Indian Ocean
2. Language: grammatically African within _____ family but Arabic script
III. West Africa
A. Trans-African trade connected North Africa and ____ Africa, part of
sub-Saharan AfricaSalt for GoldCamel introduced 300 to 400 CE
B. ______entered along trade routesAlso Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and
SonghaiUrban and commercial centers – such as Koumbi-Saleh,
Jenne, Timbuktu, Gao, Gobir, and Kano
IV. Americasgeographic obstacles to tradeNorth/South ___________
Strayer Question:
 What lay behind the emergence of Silk Road commerce and what kept it going?
 What made silk such a highly desired commodity across Eurasia?
 List major economic, social, and cultural consequences of Silk Road commerce.
 What accounted for the spread of Buddhism along the Silk Road?
 What was the impact of disease along the Silk Road?
 How did Indian Ocean trading network differ from that of the Silk Roads?
 What lay behind the flourishing of Indian Ocean commerce in postclassical era?
 What is the relationship between the rise of Srivijaya and Indian Ocean commerce?
 What was the role of Swahili civilization in the world of Indian Ocean commerce?
 What changes did trans-Saharan trade bring to West Africa?
 In what ways did trade in Western Hemisphere differ from Eastern Hemisphere?
1. Why were trade routes particularly
4. Where were there no slave markets prior
extensive in Eurasia?
to 1000 C.E.?
(A) Because a wide variety of
(A) Antarctica
communities, from Europe to
(B) Africa
East Asia, were linked by trade.
(C) China
(B) Eurasia was where most goods
(D) the Far East
were produced.
(E) the Mediterranean region
(C) Europeans did not yet know how
to build roads.
5. The truths that the Buddha claimed
(D) Russian tsars built all these
either draw on or depart from the
routes using forced labor.
fundamental principles of which belief
(E) Trade routes were not well
developed at all in Eurasia.
(A) Christianity
(B) Hinduism
2. What is diffusion?
(C) Islam
(A) The assimilation of a minority
(D) Judaism
ethnic group into the population
(E) Hellenism
(B) The splitting of the atom
(C) The conquering of one civilization
6. The Indian Ocean
by a more powerful one
I. Is the world’s second-largest ocean
(D) The spread of foods, trade goods,
II. Is the site of thousands of years of
concepts, norms, practices, and
travel and economic exchange
inventions among different
III. Can be reached from the Atlantic
and the Pacific Oceans
(E) None of the above
IV. Extends only as far south as the
eastern coast of Africa
3. Leading up to 1000 C.E., what was the
Which are correct?
most vital overland trade route?
(A) I, III, and IV
(A) The Silk Road
(B) I, II, and IV
(B) The Sahara Desert
(C) II, III, and IV
(C) The Sahel
(D) II and III
(D) The Trans-Siberian
(E) All of the above
(E) Indian Ocean Trade
Excerpt from saudiaramcoworld.com
“…On the western shore, in the second century B.C.E., at around the time that Hippalos
discovered the secret of the monsoon, the caravan city of Gerrha flourished in what is now
the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. Strabo, quoting a source named Artemidorus, says:
‘From their trafficking both the Sabaeans and the Gerrhaeans have become richest of all;
and they have a vast equipment of both gold and silver articles, such as couches and tripods
and bowls, together with drinking vessels and very costly houses; for doors and walls and
ceilings are variegated with ivory and gold and silver set with precious stones.’
…To the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, across the Red Sea, lay the Ethiopian
Christian kingdom of Aksum, with its port of Adulis. Aksum exported gems, spices—
including cassia—incense and gold to Byzantium, India, Sri Lanka and Persia. The gold
came from the African interior and the incense was grown in Aksumite territory, but the
cassia and other spices almost certainly came from India and what is now the Indonesian
The Ethiopic liturgical language, Ge’ez, was derived from one of the non-Arabic Semitic
languages of South Arabia. Its alphabet is the only Semitic alphabet to indicate vowels, and
the system by which it does this is elsewhere found only in the various writing systems of
India—further evidence of the extent to which ideas as well as spices were trafficked across
the Indian Ocean.
…The discovery of the sea route between the Arabian Gulf and China was an event equal
in importance to the discovery by the Portuguese of the sea route to India. It was one thing
to cross the Indian Ocean with the monsoon to Gujarat or the Malabar coast, or even to
sail south of Sri Lanka and turn north to the Bay of Bengal or east to Malaya—but it was
quite another to make the far longer voyage to Canton through a lesser-known sea with its
own pattern of winds, to say nothing of the perpetual danger of piracy and the typhoons of
the South China Sea. Yet in early Islamic times, direct sailing to Canton via the Gulf seems
to have been common practice.
The bahr al-hind, the “Sea of India,” or the bahr al-sin, the “Sea of China,” as the Indian
Ocean was often called, was not a single entity. Those who sailed it said it was made up of
seven different seas, each with its own characteristics—the traditional division from which
we derive our expression for far-ranging travel, “to sail the seven seas.”
…The names of these seven seas derive from the languages of the peoples who lived on
their shores. The names preserve, as if in amber, the varied linguistic and cultural
backgrounds of the seafarers who first explored these waters, and they sounded just as
exotic to Arabic-speakers in the ninth and 10th centuries…”
Thesis Statement: Continuity and Change Over Time: Silk Roads or Indian Ocean Trade
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