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DAILY LIFE IN CHINA - Gernet

There are many references to Marco Polo’s visit to Hangchow and calling it “the finest and most splendid city in the world”. It was understandably the most advanced city in the world in the 13th century A.D. Marco Polo’s visit was thought to have started the silk trade, which was so valued by the Western world. I understand that fairly unrestricted commerce and trade contributed to its grand success. There is an important lesson here in economics, which aided in elevating the city to a thriving and important cultural status. The diversity of its peoples from other cultures, the influx of philosophers, poets, artists, musicians, free thinkers and foreign trades men made this truly a city that never sleeps. With the pouring in of wealth and the making of wealth, elevation of the middle and elite classes was assured. Much of that wealth was circulated back into the economy in the building of a canal which made trade easier and the erection of the first mult-storied buildings. Although there is much speculation that the peasants didn’t benefit as well, they were still a contributing factor in the creation of the City since they supplied most of the agricultural goods to make this capital a gastronomical center, which still to this day holds that honor.

In all, my thoughts are that unrestricted trade, commerce and innovation are not only what made Hangchow great, but also made America one of the greatest countries in the world.

Ian K. Burroughs
HIST-340-101
Michael G. Murdock
Net ID: ian1010
May 25, 2012

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