You are a trader on the Silk Road. You can be Chinese,
Mongolian, Arabian, Byzantine, or Venetian. Your job is to gain access to
spices, incense, glassware, and other commodities the elite demand. Remember
that trade in this age has followed the old contours of gift exchange (items
intended for elite consumption and redistribution in order to solidify
political alliances). What if you made these goods available to a broader
audience? What if you took the profit made transporting these goods and used it
to leverage business growth against native and foreign competitors? For you to
succeed in this scheme, you must get eliminate of some of the middle men. Then,
you must secure alternative safe passages to the main caravan hubs in central
Asia. Will you need naval power to accomplish this bold and audacious plan?
Consider your options wisely.
Present an update on the status of your plan to usurp the
silk trade from a powerful and cutthroat competitor. Use words with precision
and skill as you present your step-by-step plan to gain control over the silk
trade. Present an overview that makes an explicit argument. This will serve as
your thesis statement. Pick one of these below to help you start.Then, in
a systematic and logical fashion, lay out your bold and cunning strategy in
your. Think about these issues as you draw up your proposal:
An adventure of this scale is
costly. How do you propose to raise the money without incurring the wrath of
your already heavily taxed subjects?
Do you plan to use military forces
for this operation?
If so, are you asking for
specialized elite forces to play the role of merchants in disguise?
How do you propose to usurp trade
from a rival empire that marks up the price of luxury goods that arrive in your
empire? They are the cause of your negative balance of trade, and the time has
come to bypass the middleman. Unfortunately, diplomacy has failed to reach a
negotiated settlement because the stakes are too high for each side to make
Do you seek out religious minorities
within your rival’s domain and empower them in an effort to politically or
economically undermine your adversary? Is there a potential for backlash?
Do you seek to take advantage of
social or economic divisions within your rival’s domain in an effort to
politically or economically undermine your adversary? How certain are you that
encouraging dissent will weaken, rather than strengthen, your rival’s hand?
Do you dispatch envoys to China in
an effort to monopolize the export of goods such as silks, spices, and exotic
herbs? Who will you send?
Need only 150 or 200 words