Continuities & Changes Over Time Essay (Silk Road Interactions Between 200 B.C.E – 1450 C.E.)

May 30, 2010
During the period of time between 200 B.C.E. and 1450 C.E., the silk road underwent many subtle transformations while at the same time holding on to its original purpose. The trade of spices and goods to and from Asia and Europe remained constant, while the materials bartered slowly changed. The political boundaries as well as the national identities of the encompassing countries also were altered.
Despite changes in materials, the original purpose of the silk road remained intact throughout this time period. Asian commodities were traded with European merchants along the road and vice versa. Asia’s economy, such as that of China specifically, remained heavily reliant on the money from silk road trade, irregardless of the origin or type of goods that fueled such. Comparably, Europe’s economic status remained fueled by Asian trades.
While the basic purpose of the silk road remained mostly unchanged, the goods traded on it and the areas it went through did. While the silk road originally began on a small scale as a simple route of transport for Eurasian merchants, it later grew into an international necessity, not only economically, but culturally as well. Once exposed to Asian spices, fabrics, etc., Europeans became increasingly “addicted” to their newfound luxuries. This, in addition to Europe having the same effect on Asia, gradually shaped both cultures. Because of the numerous political changes that took place during this expanse of time, the route travelled by silk road merchants passed through new nations formed at the collapse of the Roman Empire. This, in turn, shaped the identities of additional nations/cultures along the path of the silk road.
Overall, the silk road’s basic purpose remained intact from 200 B.C.E. to 1450 C.E., but the specific patterns of interactions that occurred along it did not. Empires fell, new nations were formed, and that brought myriad changes to silk road cultures and the interactions between those that traveled on it.

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Vampire said...
Feb. 27, 2016 at 6:35 pm
Although this is a really good response to the continuities and changes of the Silk Road, you mostly just talks about the changes and I was really looking for continuities but thanks for the help.
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Jun. 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm
AP World History assignment, I presume.
chin.boi said...
May 14, 2015 at 10:46 am
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CfC-1 said...
May 14, 2015 at 10:27 am
Cool story!
Nette said...
May 14, 2015 at 10:01 am
wow, what a great job.... I laughed, I cried, and love how you kept me engaged until the very end. You are very talented Sunny....
Ap suks said...
Apr. 22, 2015 at 2:24 pm
Saved my life
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Apr. 24, 2016 at 7:19 pm
^^you also running behind? lol
RatGuy12345 said...
Dec. 9, 2013 at 9:44 pm
I don't think *irregardless* is a word
Anonymous replied...
Feb. 25, 2015 at 7:47 pm
surprisingly it actually is
NikkiNDo said...
Nov. 9, 2012 at 2:04 am
Although there are some excellent concepts, I don't see any evidence in this essay that "show" us how the Silk Roads continued/changed over time.
meekyscreeny2019 replied...
Apr. 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm
I agree. This essay would not receive a very high score on the AP Exam. 1. There is only one continuity, while there should be two. 2. There are no REASONS for the changes and continuities. 3. No background information is given. 
Edward's ap class replied...
Dec. 17, 2014 at 10:10 pm
@meekyscreeny2019 According to AP grading rules and regulations, as long as you represent one change and one continuity in this essay you will receive full points. This is hard to do, due to the amount of evidence needed, so most teachers suggest two or more.
K.Tryce96 said...
Apr. 19, 2012 at 2:54 am

- OMG.. This was a miricale i found this 

- With me only being a 10th greader taking this AP course && me having to write an essay over this topic I found it VERY helpful

johnpaul3 replied...
Jan. 16, 2014 at 12:33 am
i agree  
Shaina replied...
Sept. 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm
I'm in the same exact postion right now this is a miracle.
playabflat replied...
Nov. 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm
same omg bless
Middle replied...
May 12, 2015 at 9:38 pm
Han, I love this.
batgirl14 replied...
May 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm
nerdindisguise said...
Jan. 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm
this helped sooo much! thank you (:
sunshine lady said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 12:01 am
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