Analyze continuities and changes along the Silk Roads from 200 B.C.E. to 1450 C.E.
The Silk Road was a major channel for trade routes that connected boundaries in China, India, and the Middle East to Rome and parts of Europe. This trade network allowed various cultures to exchange goods to and from their land. From the time of 200 B.C.E. to 1450 C.E., the Silk Roads greatly impacted many civilizations such as politics, religion, economy and culture. Along with these changes, things still remained unchanged as the upper class became wealthier and desired more goods.
Buddhism and Christianity were greatly impacted by the Silk Roads. As both religions utilized trade routes, Christianity was influenced by Greek and Roman philosophy and Buddhism was infused with other religions. As each religion used the Silk Roads, both began to build places of worship and send out missionaries. Socially, the Silk Road influenced the role change of women and merchants. Women were called for manufacturing various items and were now more important to society. Merchants gained political power from working on trade routes and were becoming wealthier and more important in their social class.
The upper class and wealthy remained the same in their desire to acquire more luxury items and goods. Since the wealthy elites could afford higher priced goods, others could not buy exotic items. This continuity distanced them even more from the average citizen who were poor and lower class.
The Silk Road had an effect on a number things such as religions, politics and social class. While things changed, the Silk Road kept other matters the same such as the wealthy elite and their desire for higher priced goods. The Silk Road allowed for religions to evolve, the change of social roles and the progress of society.