This module explores the transformation of Asian trade networks and societies following the Mongol conquests in the 13th century. We focus on the circulation of architectural and artistic forms along the ancient Silk Route and the spread of Buddhism in Southeast Asia and the Himalayas. We explore the cultural connections of Ming China, its tension between dynastic authority and the increasingly powerful merchant class; the rise of the Ottoman, Timurid, Safavid, and Mughal empires; and the shift towards Indian Ocean trade.
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