Students will examine the travels of Zheng He, Ibn Battuta, and Marco Polo and the influence of their journeys.
- An Age of Expanding Connections, ca. 500 – ca. 1500
During the classical and postclassical eras, transregional trade networks emerged and/or expanded. These networks of exchange influenced the economic and political development of states and empires.
Interregional travelers, traders, missionaries, and nomads carried products and natural resources, and brought with them enslaved people and ideas that led to cultural diffusion.