The Impact of Culture
A major component of a civilization's success is its culture. One way that a civilization can improve its culture, is by interacting with neighboring civilizations and mixing cultures with them. The interaction of cultures between Ancient civilizations had both positive and negative effects. All of these effects, have changed the world.
One of the many positive outcomes of cultural diffusion is the spread of religion. In document #5, we see how quickly Islam spread due to cultural diffusion. Islam spread thousands of squad miles in about 100 years. The only way that this would have been possible, would be if cultures were spread. The rapid spread of Islam still has effects on the world today. Islam is still a major religion in Europe and is practiced by millions of people worldwide.
Another great effect of the spread of cultures is the ability to trade with allies. Many things can come from trading and spreading culture with allies. Document #6 shows us the effects of the early trade with Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Chinese, and Indians. The immediate effects were the thriving commerce in Mogadishu, Kilwu, the rise of strong East African city-states, introduction of new crops, and the rise of slave trade. This cultural trade changed dramatically after the Crusades. As we can see in document #3, wealth was based on land ownership before the Crusades and based on land and money after the Crusades. Before the crusades linen, fish, wool, wheat, and a barter system were used, however spices, silk, cotton, pocelin, and coin exchange were used after the Crusades. These things all made Europe a much...