Comparisons and Contrasts of Asian and European Empires Essay

1028 Words Oct 27th, 2005 5 Pages
Comparisons and Contrasts of Asian and European Empires Foreign trade is one of the most important aspects of Asian and European Empires. Without trade, these empires would not have flourished in the manner that they did. Many different factors played a role in developing trade in their cultures. As various empires ruled from 2000 BC to 1911 in Asia and Europe, trade has had a major influence in the development of those cultures as seen today. The nation that has the most success in trading becomes the strongest nation and will last the longest. The three major Muslim Empires, located in South and Southwest Asia were; the Mogul Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Persian Empire. The first empire, the Mogul Empire, was developed in …show more content…
However, they also stopped trade to and from China, which is the probable cause for what delayed the growth of Chinese Technology. The last dynasty to rule over China was the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), which brought an even longer period of peace to China. The Opium War also occurred during this dynasty's ruling. The first ten dynasties to rule China are similar to Muslim Empires in the fact that they thrived on trading. The Ming Dynasty is different because they stopped trade which delayed the growing technology of other nations. They are similar and different in many aspects of trading. Today, Japan is among the top trading and industrial countries in the world. However, things have not always been this way. For a long period of time, Japan was in an Act of Seclusion, which sealed Japan away from the rest of the world for 200 years. Trading was only done with the Dutch because Chinese rulers knew that the Dutch were only interested in trade and not warring with China. The two nations only traded on a small island near Nagasaki. The aspect of seclusion contrasts Japan with the Muslim ways of trading but is similar to the Chinese because of the Ming dynasty when trade was also stopped. Southeast Asia was the greatest trading area out of all of the empires and cultures. The area of Southeast Asia had the most contacts to trade with. Traders from Portugal, Spain, England, and France all had trading posts or contacts in this area. Valuable items such as wood and

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