The Silk Road and Central Eurasia (saylor.org)

The Silk Road and Central Eurasia (saylor.org)
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The Silk Road and Central Eurasia (saylor.org)
This course will introduce you to the history of Central Eurasia and the Silk Road from 4500 B.C.E to the nineteenth century. You will learn about the culture of the nomadic peoples of Central Eurasia as well as the development of the Silk Road.

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This course will introduce you to the history of Central Eurasia and the Silk Road from 4500 B.C.E to the nineteenth century. You will learn about the culture of the nomadic peoples of Central Eurasia as well as the development of the Silk Road. The course will be structured chronologically; each unit will focus on one aspect of the Silk Road during a specific time period. Each unit will include representative primary-source documents that illustrate important overarching political, economic, and social themes, such as the discovery and production of silk in China, diplomatic relations between Han China and nomadic peoples of the Eurasian steppe, the international scope of the Silk Road trade routes, European interest in finding a “new silk route” to China, and the “Great Game” between China, Russia, and Great Britain in Central Eurasia in the nineteenth century. By the end of the course, you will understand how the Silk Road influenced the development of nomadic societies in Central Eurasia as well as powerful empires in China, the Middle East, and Europe.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

- Identify and describe the emergence of early nomadic cultures in Central Eurasia.

- Identify and describe the rise of silk production in China.

- Identify and describe the various routes of the Silk Road.

- Identify and describe the reasons for China’s opening of the Silk Road in the second century.

- Identify and describe Han China’s political and commercial relationships with nomadic tribes in Central Eurasia.

- Identify and describe the impact of the Hellenistic World and the Roman Empire on the Silk Road.

- Describe and analyze the “golden age” of the Silk Road.

- Identify and describe the impact of the Mongol Empire on Silk Road cultures.

- Identify and describe the transmission of art, religion, and technology via the Silk Road.

- Analyze and describe the arrival of European traders and explorers seeking a “new” silk route in the 1400s.

- Identify and describe the “Great Game” rivalry between China, Britain, and Russia in Central Eurasia in the nineteenth century.

- Analyze and interpret primary source documents that elucidate political, economic, and cultural exchange along the Silk Road.



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Have completed the following courses: Ancient Civilizations of the World, Early Globalizations: East Meets West (1200s-1600s), World History in the Early Modern and Modern Eras (1600-Present), Historical Methodology: The Art and Craft of the Historian.

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