C H A N G ‘ A N : A C O S M O P OLITA N C A P ITAL O N T H E S IL K ROAD Cao Yin – TAASA Review March 2016


This article was originally found in the March 2016 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 25, Issue 1, Page 4).

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T rade and travel along the famous Silk Road' that crossed the Eurasian continent was severely interrupted for almost four centuries after the fall of the Eastern Han dynasty in 220 CE plunged much of the eastern end of the region into wars and chaos.

Only with the rise of the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties did China reunite.

The return of stability enabled safer movement for merchants across central Asia, and the revival of prosperity along these trading routes...