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Analyze continuities and changes in patterns of interactions along the silk roads from 200 bce to 1450 ce

oasis cities of Central Asia

Cities such as Samarkand, Merv, Khotan, and Dunhuang that became centers of trans-Eurasian trade.

Silk Roads

Land-based trade routes that linked Eurasia

An Lushan

Foreign-born general who led a major revolt against Tang dynasty in 755-763, perhaps provoking China's turn to xenophobia. (ahn loo-shahn)

Chinese Buddhism

Buddhism was China's only large-scale cultural borrowing before the twentieth-century; Buddhism entered China from India in the first and second centuries C.E. through a series of cultural accomodations. At first supported by the state, Buddhism suffered persecution during the ninth century but continued to play a role in Chinese society.

tribute system

Chinese method of dealing with foreign lands and peoples that assumed the subordination of all non-Chinese authorities and required the payment of tribute-- produce of value from their countries-- to the Chinese emperor (although the Chinese gifts given in return were often more valuable).


Major nomadic confederacy that was established ca. 200 B.C.E. and eventually reached form Manchuria to Central Asia. (SHE-OONG-noo)

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