Archive | December, 2018

The End of the Last History D.18.12.31

30 Dec

When a year draws to a close it can be considered the closing of a new piece of history. A time when in years to come that this moment will become history.
How we view this history individually and collectively will marginally differ and this is an important point to consider. All history has been held in the individual mind and collectively can vary outside considered boundaries.
So, the next time you open a history book and learn about the past consider this point. You are reading the journal of an individual opinion and if you are wise you will consider the possibility that the historical story has wider boundaries.
After all the word history was formulated from two words – his story – history.
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Merchants Traded Diseases Inadvertently D.18.12.30

29 Dec

In 1347, Italian merchants inadvertently spread the deadly plague disease into the Mediterranean basin.
Within one year, the disease spread through much of Western Europe. So as to avoid further dangers, merchants and sailors avoided overland routes, and began searching for seafaring routes to the Far East.
Changes in routes in order to avoid the plague resulted in new ports having more control in trade.
Cairo, Egypt served as a major trading port. As the focus switched to trade in the Middle East, Muslim merchants began to dominate.
The Silk Road diminished as an important trade route for European merchants as they searched for more direct sea routes to obtain their goods.
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The Spread of the Horrid Plague D.18.12.29

28 Dec

In the early 14th century, a plague spread throughout Southwest China, which was unknowingly spread to Europe by merchants and traders as they headed west.
The disease thrived in the trading cities of Central Asia, where domestic animals and rodents provided abundant breeding grounds for fleas and disease.
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The Spread of the Horrid Plague D.18.12.29

28 Dec

In the early 14th century, a plague spread throughout Southwest China, which was unknowingly spread to Europe by merchants and traders as they headed west.
The disease thrived in the trading cities of Central Asia, where domestic animals and rodents provided abundant breeding grounds for fleas and disease.
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The Silk Road Infrastructure D.18.12.28

27 Dec

Trade itself was conducted in stages, and merchants typically did not go from one end of the route to the other with their goods.
Those in power were responsible for the security of their sections of the route that fell within their boundaries.
The merchants would travel a section of the Silk Road – trade and then return. This allowed the new merchant to continue the route to the next merchant who would do the same.
In fact, the route on the Silk road was broken down in imaginary sections where as a progression goods were handed on to the next merchant and so on.
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The Silk Road D.18.12.27

26 Dec

The Silk Road linked Europe and Asia. Routes were specifically designed on the road to avoid dangers like the Taklamakan Desert, also known as the Desert of Death.
These roads passed through oasis towns on the outskirts of the desert. In addition to natural threats, organizers and those in authority ensured that the routes were safe.
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Ancient Trade Routes D.18.12.26

25 Dec

Trade routes in the Middle Ages enabled the transmission and transportation of diseases. Roads created as part of civil projects and improvements to the infrastructure in Rome and China helped to facilitate trade, and enhance the speed of travel and communication.
With these roads, merchants created extensive trade routes which linked Europe, Asia, and North Africa, ensuring their goods could travel freely.
Merchants and traders in each region had their own specialization. For instance, China produced and exported high amounts of silk, which was the namesake of the trade route. European merchants often imported raw materials, such as uncut gemstones, which they exported as finished products in the form of expensive jewelry and decorative items.
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Ancient Trade Influences D.18.12.25

24 Dec

During the Classical period, trade routes connected Europe and Asia, allowing the access of goods across the continents.
Trade helped to foster wealth for different regions and those engaged in the system. As the system further developed, empires, merchants, and traders would specialize in specific goods.
Trade connected people from different parts of Europe and Asia, allowing an exposure to different cultures and belief systems.
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The Twist of the Plague D.18.12.24

23 Dec

Culturally, the plague created somewhat of a love affair with life and death. Art was created to express this strange relationship, with the realization of how sudden life was and how it must be appreciated.
People were surrounded by death on a daily basis. The plague did not discriminate based on gender, age, class, religion, or country. It could strike at any moment.
When writing about the plague in the Decameron, Boccaccio stated victims ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors. This was a sign of how quick and how widespread the plague was.
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The Varied look of the Ancient Black Death D.18.12.23

22 Dec

Those with septicaemic would die quickly, before any obvious symptoms had appeared. Those with respiratory also died quickly, but not before developing evident symptoms such as a fever, coughing up blood, and then of course, dying.
There were other camps that thought the plague was somehow a punishment from God for their sins. In order to offer up penance, groups known as the Flagellanti marched through streets throughout Europe beating themselves in response to the plague.
While groups like the Flagellanti saw themselves as the cause, others throughout Europe saw that there was someone else who must be to blame. As a result, in some communities, different types of pogroms were instituted against Jewish populations in order to punish and blame them as a source of the plague.
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