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By Milo Kearney

All through background, dominance of the Indian Ocean has been a severe think about defining a nation's supremacy and tool. it's renowned that it performed a tremendous half within the good fortune of the Portugese state at the beginning of the 16th century. during this concise survey, Milo Kearney exhibits how the buying and selling and imperial enlargement provided via the Indian Ocean have been exploited through many major powers from the 3rd millennium BC to the very fresh prior. The international locations incorporated diversity from the traditional Egyptians of the hot country to the Han chinese language and, later, from the Moghul to the British Empire. Milo Kearney is going directly to convey what a severe territory the Indian Ocean was once throughout the chilly conflict due to its wealthy provide for oil. The heritage of the Indian Ocean offers a photo of a few of the key matters in international historical past, reminiscent of colonialism, exchange and unfold of cultures and religions. it can be crucial interpreting for all scholars of worldwide heritage.

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Yet, the continuing division of Alexandros the Great’s empire among rival rulers weakened the Greeks. Antiochos III the Great, king of Syria (r. 223–187 BC), planned to invade Egypt and unite the Greek East. However, in 192 BC, time ran out for the Greeks. Early northern Mediterranean and Chinese influence 1111 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1011 1 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 2 3 44111 39 The Han Chinese and the Romans At this point appeared the first significant involvement in Indian Ocean trade of two regions located at a great remove from the Indian Ocean: China and Italy (the states of Han China and Rome).

Most notably, cinnamon (then originating only from southern China and northern Southeast Asia) was transported to Madagascar, from where Arab merchants brought it up the East African coast to Yemen. This was the sharper Chinese cinnamon (called cassia); the production of the true cinnamon of Ceylon had not yet emerged. Cinnamon was used as an element in mummification in Egypt. The success of the Egyptian merchants The above-mentioned Bronze and Iron Age invasions brought and kept Egypt to the fore in trade, power, and progress by eliminating the other leading trading states from competition.

New contacts were made with the outside world, and the Ch’in prime minister Lü Pu-wei expounded on Greece’s Pythagorean theorem and musical scale. Shih Huang-ti was buried beneath an artificial mound near Xianyang, in a tomb guarded magically by thousands of sixfoot-tall terracotta statues of warriors. Shih Huang-ti’s Chin dynasty did not long survive him. In 207 BC, a peasant-born general, Liu Pang, led his land-owning peasant soldiers in a rebellion against the Ch’in Dynasty, promising milder punishments and a lower tax burden, and became emperor as Kao Tsu (‘High Progenitor’), ruling from 202 to 195 BC.

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