The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9

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The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: In which John Green teaches you about the so-called Silk Road, a network of trade routes where goods such as ivory, silver, iron, wine, and yes, silk were exchanged across the ancient world, from China to the West. Along with all these consumer goods, things like disease and ideas made the trip as well. As is his custom, John ties the Silk Road to modern life, and the ways that we get our stuff today.

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39 thoughts on “The Silk Road and Ancient Trade: Crash Course World History #9”

  1. As India thrived on the Silk Route along with many other nations in the East, the English did not encourage it, as it hampered their business interests and hence it died a slow death. The indian leaders of 2016 have decided to revive this silk route to establish the same with the present day technology.

  2. Hey Crash Course. Do a video on "when" signage began during the first colonial settlers and the WEST. Western towns. We have signs everywhere today as a result of those signs. But when did it actually start. 1800s?

  3. I could have been interesting to mention that no trade goes one way and Rome(specifically) had something to offer to the east, namely Glass. Some have argued that it might just as well be called the "Glass Road" for the vast quantities of it going all the way to china. Also a knowledge protected in the west as to maintain an upper hand in trade.

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