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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Three forms of the Plague D.18.12.22

21 Dec

There were three forms of the disease. Bubonic infection of the lymphatic system, it was about 60% fatal. Pneumonic respiratory infection was about 100% fatal. And then septicaemic infection, which was of the blood, 100% fatal.
People tried to protect themselves by carrying little bags of herbs and flowers. Which they would cover their noses with in, order that they would not breathe in the disease, because they felt the air was infected.
The individuals with Bubonic plague would experience great swelling or buboes throughout their body.
One of the treatments to actually try and get rid of the buboes would be known as leeching. Where if you had any of these swellings on your body, a doctor would then lance the bubo. They would cut it open, they would allow the pus to seep out. And they felt that draining of that pus would help heal the disease.
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