Merchants In The East Asian Empire

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Early in East Asia history, merchants needed to go where they can make money and trades at. In certain time periods, it was hard to make money for merchants because of what dynasties was in power or constantly change of a dynasty. However, there were periods when merchants actually a lot of made money and trades. Merchants has its ups and downs, but their goals is the make money. When Merchants was most successful it was during the Sui & Tang dynasty was in control and Chang’an was the capital of it, and silk road having trades and shops along the way before people got into Chang’an. Merchants had been classified into certain a group in East Asia. In East Asia, there had been different types of classes that was classified social category. Each class which was ranked from top to bottom. The ranking that was at the top which were the elites(Aka, the iterati or the aristocracy), with nomads(xiongnu, jurchen, turks, mongols, etc), mystics(Daoists, buddhist, etc.), and merchants in between. Peasants being the very last of in the East Asia class. Merchants was ranked in between Elites and peasants. Merchants was good enough to look better than a …show more content…
In the beginning, rich merchants of Chang’an did not strive solely for commercial profits.They had given great importance to the pursuit of political profit and were thus very active in the political arena( Pingshuan). However, Merchants was putting money into their own investments and helping out the government very little after a while. with the profits they was making. “After the mid-Tang, the government regarded this practice as one of the reasons for the “cash drought” (qianhuang 钱荒) and often forced merchants to spend their money on goods, forbidding them to “stockpile” large amounts of cash “in private depots”(Pingshuna 266)”. Plenty of wealthy merchants was making double because they would keep building

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