The Silk Road by Peter Frankopan

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In history, Afghanistan is surprisingly a mystery to mainstream society. Many do not know that there even was an ancient past to this land. This is mainly because it played a smaller part in the world compared to the Persian Empire. One of the most prominent features of ancient Afghanistan was The Silk Road. This pathway was not just one, singular road, though. It stretched through Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean and even some of Africa, and it was all connected by a multitude of complex routes and systems, through land and sea. The Silk Road was created for international trade and cultural interaction between many societies. Afghanistan was well known as the central point of trade for The Silk Road, while the ancient city of Begram in the centre of Afghanistan was constantly flowing with travellers, willing to make a trade of any sort. Through The Silk Road, Afghanistan was able to build as a society by expressing their artistic style, while also combining their creativity with other cultures as they evolve. Another cultural aspect that was shared through Afghanistan was the different religious beliefs and traditions from other countries. There were also some specific resources that were plentiful in Afghanistan, making this country very influential in the extensive trade network on The Silk Road. The Silk Road has had a history longer than any event or person, as it has constant existence and will never fade. This long-winded passage was used in ancient times by all different cultures from around the world to send a flow of ideas, knowledge and creativity. These particular cultures would "trade" everything they could to another society by travelling along a path that crosses through country borders and, in return, would be re... ... middle of paper ... ... Egypt and many others. As a whole, Afghanistan contributed massively to The Silk Road trade through a cycle of success. In modern society, people can't truly understand exactly what everyone did in the ancient past, they can only research, analyse and assume. It makes things even harder when there are no written records for ancient Afghanistan at all, as well. Afghanistan, and all countries 'thrown into the melting pot', can be viewed as an eclectic mix of influences encountered on The Silk Road, but there is more to it than just that. Each country connected via The Silk Road willingly contributed everything they could to be a part of each other's history and memory, while also inadvertently beginning (or continuing) globalisation. Therefore, it could be safe to justify that Afghanistan and the countries linked formed the diverse, modern society we live in today.

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