Linking East with West

The routes that stretched between the Far East and Europe transported more than simply merchandise to trade. The tax from merchants funded the development of civilizations all along the length of the routes, and the intellectual and cultural exchanges that took place were vital to the emergence of vibrant, independent, yet interconnected cultures across modern Central Asia. 

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  • Author(s):
    Struan Reid
    100 BC to 1500 AD
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    Silk and Spice Routes, Cultures and Civilizations

    Afghanistan, China, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Türkiye, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

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