How Did The Silk Roads Affect Society

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The Silk Road was a network of trading routes, involving the passing of goods to people from city to city. Between 200 BCE to 1450 CE the Silk Road had experienced important transitions that would alter societies, including major religions, the social hierarchies, and the rise and fall of empires. With these changes, some of the ideas of society stayed consistent like the desire for luxury goods by the upper class.
The Silk Roads played a major role in the spread of multiple religions. The regular travellers on the Silk Roads often built shrines and temples of their religion whenever they left, so they could continue their practices even when away from their homes. Missionaries would travel with caravans to try to spread the influence of their religion as well as covenant the people they came
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Throughout history the upper class citizens have distinguished themselves by the items they possessed. Therefore as items from other countries became another luxury, people could have that would further separate them from the lower classes, luxury items became more geared toward the elite. These items contrasted with the common goods since they were exotic and usually came from very far away place. Even though these luxury items differed from common goods, both still had the same effect on society in that the higher class obtained either luxury or common while the lower class worked to make them. Thus the order of social classes with a lower working class and a wealthy upper class.
Overall, the Silk Road had major effects on many aspects of Eurasian societies such as major religions, social hierarchies. Also, the Silk Road had kept some ideas the same like the desire for luxury items. This form of trade lead to globalization, which plays a major role in today’s economy with the sharing of new ideas, beliefs, and technological

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