Silk Road Trading Proposal
Discussion 300words – No plagiarism-
You are a trader on the Silk Road. You can be Chinese, Mongolian,
Arabian, Byzantine, or Venetian. Your job is to gain access to spices, incense,
glassware, and other commodities the elite demand. Remember that trade in this
age has followed the old contours of gift exchange (items intended for elite
consumption and redistribution in order to solidify political alliances). What
if you made these goods available to a broader audience? What if you took the
profit made transporting these goods and used it to leverage business growth
against native and foreign competitors? For you to succeed in this scheme, you
must get eliminate of some of the middle men. Then, you must secure alternative
safe passages to the main caravan hubs in central Asia. Will you need naval
power to accomplish this bold and audacious plan? Consider your options
Present an update on the status of your plan to usurp the silk
trade from a powerful and cutthroat competitor. Use words with precision and
skill as you present your step-by-step plan to gain control over the silk trade.
Present an overview that makes an explicit argument. This will serve as your
thesis statement. Then, in a systematic and logical fashion, lay out your bold
and cunning strategy in your initial post of at least 300 words. Think about these issues as you draw up your
raise the money without incurring the wrath of your already heavily taxed
role of merchants in disguise?
marks up the price of luxury goods that arrive in your empire? They are the
cause of your negative balance of trade, and the time has come to bypass the
middleman. Unfortunately, diplomacy has failed to reach a negotiated settlement
because the stakes are too high for each side to make concessions.
and empower them in an effort to politically or economically undermine your
adversary? Is there a potential for backlash?
within your rival’s domain in an effort to politically or economically undermine
your adversary? How certain are you that encouraging dissent will weaken, rather
than strengthen, your rival’s hand?
export of goods such as silks, spices, and exotic herbs? Who will you