The expansion of empires in Central Asia went hand-in-hand with the need for fast and efficient communication on a wide-scale, and from the sixth century BC, the Persian and the Chinese emperors constructed networks of roads, highways and canals across the macro-region. These allowed rulers to administer to their lands, but traders benefitted from them too. Goods, ideas and skills passed along these roads, including technologies for designing weapons.   

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