I. Questions of periodization A. Nature and causes of changes in the world history framework leading up to 600 C. E. – 1450 as a period



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Silk routes

  1. Connected China to Mediterranean since era of Roman Empire

  2. Used heavily 1200-1600 – reign of the Mongols

  3. Products

    1. Much more than silk

    2. Porcelain

    3. Paper

    4. Military technology

    5. Buddhism, Islam, Christianity

    6. Food

4. East met West via Silk Road

5. Any discussion about international trade must include Silk Road

6. Marco Polo

a. Went with Venetian dad and brother to Asia

b. Returned home and wrote book

c. Noticed fascinating topics

1. banking system – paper money/letters of credit

2. black rock (coal) for fuel

3. highways linking cities

4. Express messengers to carry news throughout empire






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