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World Civ 1

by: Shanna Beyer

World Civ 1 HIST 1110

Shanna Beyer
University of Memphis
GPA 3.9

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Date Created: 03/18/16
Chapter 9 Cross-Cultural Exchange on the Silk Roads The Silk Roads • Named for principal commodity from China • Dependent on imperial stability • Overland trade routes from China to Roman Empire • Sea Lanes and maritime trade as well Organization of Long-Distance Trade • Divided into small segments • Tariffs and tolls finance local supervision • Tax income incentives to maintain safety, maintenance of passage Cultural Trade: Buddhism and Hinduism • Merchants carry religious ideas along silk routes • India through Central Asia to East Asia • Cosmopolitan centers promote development of monasteries to shelter traveling merchants • Buddhism becomes dominant faith of silk roads, 200 BCE-700 CE Buddhism in China • Originally, Buddhism restricted to foreign merchant populations • Gradual spread to larger population beginning 5th c. CE Buddhism and Hinduism in SE Asia • Sea lanes in Indian Ocean • 1st c. CE clear Indian influence in SE Asia • Rulers called “rajas” • Sanskrit used for written communication • Buddhism, Hinduism increasingly popular faiths Christianity in the Mediterranean Basin • Christianity spreads through Middle East, North Africa, and Europe • Sizeable communities as far east as India • Judaism, Zoroastrianism also practiced Christianity in SW Asia • Influence of ascetic practices from India • Desert-dwelling hermits, monastic societies • After 5th c. CE, followed Nestorius • Emphasized human nature of Jesus The Spread of Epidemic Disease • Role of trade routes in spread of pathogens • Limited data, but trends in demographics clear • Smallpox, measles, bubonic plague • Effect: Economic slowdown, move to regional self-sufficiency Epidemics in the Han and Roman Empires • Decline in Chinese Population • Decline in Roman Population Internal Decay of the Han State in China • Court intrigue • Problem of land distribution • Large landholders develop private armies • Epidemics • Peasant rebellions • 184 CE Yellow Turban Rebellion Collapse of the Han Dynasty • Generals assume authority, reduce Emperor to puppet figure • Alliance with landowners • 200 CE Han Dynasty abolished, replaced by 3 kingdoms • Immigration of northern nomads increases Sinicization of Nomadic Peoples • “China-fication” • Adoption of sedentary lifestyle • uilr • Adoption of Buddhism • Adoption of Chinese names, dress, intermarriage Popularity of Buddhism and Daoism in China • Disintegration of political order casts doubt on Confucianism • Buddhism, Daoism gain in popularity Fall of the Roman Empire: Internal Factors • The Barracks Emperors • 235-284: 26 claimants to throne, all but one killed in power struggles • Epidemics • Disintegration of imperial economy in favor of local, regional self-sufficient economies Diocletian (r. 284-305 CE) • Divided empire into administrative districts • Co-emperors, dual lieutenants (“Tetrarchs”) • Currency, budget reform • Relative stability disappears after Diocletian’s death, civil war follows • Constantine emerges victorious Fall of the Roman Empire: External Factors • Visigoths, influenced by Roman law, Christianity • Formerly buffer states for Roman Empire • Attacked by Huns under Attila in 5th c. CE • Massive migration of Germanic peoples into Roman Empire • Sacked Rome in 410 CE, established Germanic emperor in 476 CE Cultural Change in the Roman Empire • Growth of Christianity • Constantine’s vision, 312 CE • Promulgates Edict of Milan, allows Christian practice • Converts to Christianity • 380 CE, Emperor Theodosius proclaims Christianity official religion of Roman Empire


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