Last Day of Paternity leave

Posted by Paul Davis on 10/26/2017

Dearest WHAP'ers,

            Today is bittersweet as it is my last day alone with the boy and I have mixed feelings. For one, I am elated that I get to spend full time with you and get the much needed face time required to truly work on WHAP and get those skill sets in order. Another is that my little Connor will be going off to daycare and will move onto the next phase of his 111 day old life. I really enjoyed sharing him as I brought him in and now you have a face to go along with the stories of how sleep deprived I am. With that said, I don't really know if I will blog anymore. Surely 192 of you have at least read and perhaps utilized it so I may continue. Please provide me feedback either in comments here or personally tomorrow if I should continue and, if so, what I can do better to provide what you need for this course. I am thankful for that. Now to the topic at and.... Classical trade routes. One thing we have learned is that the world was created by trade ( I even have a book by that name by Pomeranz and Topic). It provides the historian a portal to look at the powers who were in control, the commodoties which were highly valued, the geography which was territorially manipulated, the technologies which helped and were spread and the values and ideas which guided people, languages, religions/philosophies and players like merchants, maruders, missionaries and mites ( diseases spread too). As you filled out the chart today, you might have remembered that we covered trade in UNit ! ( just like beleif systems, unequal societies, political systems etc.) and that now trade is getting bigger, involved larger groups of people and travelled across oceans and continents ( Tans or interregional trade) while the American network ( Turquiose road) will get larger but less vast than AFROEURASIA. Lets do the quiz for tomorrow now:

I From 600 B.C.E-600 C.E both the Silk Road and Indian Ocean will include multiple Empires of a variety of ethnic and religious groups, both will see the trade of integral luxury commodities which will garner merchants tremendous wealth, however, the Silk routes will rely more heavily on Caravans of camels while the Indian Ocean will employ the lateen sail to manipulate the seasonal monsoon winds of the Indian Ocean.

II. The Roman Empire, Han Dynasty, Persian Empire and Gupta Empire will all benefit from the Maritime and Overland trade of the Indian Ocean and Silk routes where Arab, Turkish, Persian, Germanic, Hun , Han and so many others will meet along cities like Chang An, Persepolis, Cairo and Constantinople to trade. The great Classical Empires will provide army and navy might to ensure that trade along these networks was safe and that goods could be carried from market to market without toomuch fear of bandits or pirates.

III. Commodities like silks, spices, perfumes and dyes will travel by ship and caravan along networks where noamads and merchants would garner tremendous wealth over the lucrative items elites will pay a heavy price to illustrate their great wealth or noble heritage. The great expense of getting these scarce commodities coupled with the risks of investors and merchants would fetch a heavy price and serve as a great reward for merchants and Empires with tarrifs.

IV. The advancements of caravans and the inns they stopped in ( caravanaseri)  might be unpredictable with the shifting sands along the silk routes would be dramatically different than the Dhows and lateen sails fashioned by Indian Ocean sailors who utilized a much more predictable monsoon winds to get goods to market. The Indian Ocean basin provided for a more oderly pattern of trading months ( South in the Winter/North in the Summer) while the Silk Routes were less reliant on seasons to get goods across pathways often stopping along the way.

I hope this helps, I look fowrad to seeing you all tomorrow and wish to thank Mr. Davidson for doing such an awesome job these past 18 days. Speaking of awesome, don't forget to be awesome!!!!!!!