For this week's reading, we learned more about the Middle East and their trade with the East. During the 13th and 14th century there was much trade between the Middle East and the East. For trade to occur, merchants would take either the Red Sea or the Persian Gulf. At first these two routes were being controlled by the same power but when the power got divided, these two routes became rivals, competing for more merchants to take their path. For this matter, the Persian Gulf was favored more than the Red Sea due to better weather conditions and better goods. This allows us to see how weather is able to influence the economy. But due to changing power control of Baghdad, the Persian Gulf route's favor began to dwindle. Thus the Red Sea's usage became more frequent. Egypt controlled the Red Sea allowing it to gain power. Egypt allowed trade to occur but they would not let anyone to come through. However, as Egypt's power faded, India was able to gain control. India was a nation that had great exports rather than imports. They were a nation that was self sufficient enough to live without goods from other countries.
One thing that fascinates me about this week's reading is Egypt's rules on visitors. It's amazing how were a great trading nation but they would not allow anyone to come to their country. This type of governmental system reminds me of North Korea in that they would not allow anyone to come into their country as well as leave their country. It's amazing how long they were able to sustain power. I feel like for a nation to grow they need other influences to learn from and this includes having visitors come into their country. I wonder what makes a ruler want to keep this kind of policy and what they think will come out of it by ruling in this way.