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Post Classical Period

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During the Post-Classical period most areas advanced and prospered, but Medieval Europe did not. The big changes during this time did not involve any politics or government; it involved the spread of major religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. New trade systems developed, (beyond the Silk Road) which connected much of Asia, Africa, and Europe. Trade also helped religion become stronger and bigger. Islam spread more rapidly than Buddhism and Christianity. All three religions benefited from government sponsorship/military. For example, higher taxes for those who didn’t convert to conquerors religion. Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam have established dominant religious framework in Asia, Europe and parts of Africa today. Medieval Europe, engulfed by Christianity, the Islamic Empire, structured by Islam, and South India, influenced by Hinduism, all experienced cultures based on a belief system, which greatly affected social structure and intertwined with politics.
The postclassical period got its name from the decline of major empires. As people experienced their economy declining they turned towards religious faith for safety, guidance, and reassurance. There was the collapse of boundaries, which caused people to look and live in new areas. For example the fall of Roman Empire opened opportunities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Expanding trade caused the development of better ships and new navigation devices, such as the compass made by the Chinese and ship designs by the Middle East. There was also facilitated international exchange. Culture in each of these three areas was defined by their respective belief systems. In Medieval Europe, Christianity was evident in all aspects of life. The Pope was the main source of Christian knowledge, and he served to both promote and define Christian beliefs according to the Bible. Many Christians felt hopeful at the idea of salvation. Cultural growth also increased the level of Medieval European education, much...


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