>>505407 Not >>505147 nor do I believe > the reason the Huns went to war with the Romans was so they could trade in their markets
... But I do know that on and off it was very popular to bypass Persia on the silk route via the Caspian sea. The reason for why is a mix of Persia civil wars and Persia wars with Rome/ Byzantine/Turks. Not wanting to take goods thru a active war zone is a no brainer, however the after effects of the wars were almost as bad to traders: very high toll rates by both parties.
Anyways after the Caspian sea the goods would go to the ports on the northern black sea or keep to a land route thru the steppe. It would then go south thru whats is now days Romania or west thru Hungarian. It is important to note that during the time frame of Attila the Hun the relationship in between the Byzantine and the Sassanian Empire was very poor. That part of the reason why when the Hun settled they picked the area that is now Hungary, because it was on a major trade route.
>>505147 >the reason the Huns went to war with the Romans was so they could trade in their markets Actually, the reason Huns went to war with the Romans because they were a Steppe Nomad Empire who were big on economies generated by extortion, raiding, and booty and whose politics placed a huge value on posturing by the ruling clan.
Not to mention the fight was started by Rome. Huns were ok with showing up with an army and asking you for money for them to fuck off. If you didn't pay though, that was all right, as it means they get to fight and the ruling clan shows how he could win shit.
It was basically an attempt by a Steppe Nomad Empire in the most traditional form to apply Steppe Practices of strongmanship protection schemes to show overlordship of a ruling clan over multiple tribes.
>>503599 The most interesting aspect of the Silk Route in Central Asia was that it allowed for the existence of multiple city states now known as the Silk Route City States.
The most famous of these could be found in the fertile Ferghana valley, where the cities there were either founded by >Greeks of Alexander's Army >The Diadochoi. >Indo-Iranians who settled.
These cities were literally built in the middle of nowhere, with only the Silk Route providing the means of their survival (except for the Ferghana cunts, as that land was pretty fertile for agriculture).
Also the only time in history the Chinese met up with the Ancient Greeks. The City State of Alexandreia Eschate was called "Dayuan" by the Chinese, and were their allies during the Xiongnu War (after beating the shit out of the Greeks and stealing their horses for that war that is).
Most of these city states were absorbed by the Turkics after 500's AD. Then they started a weird second life as capitals of Semi-Nomadic Turkic Empires who continued living a nomadic life while possessing a capital city in the form of a silk route city state to continue the trade with.
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