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comment Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
re: whether the silk road caused the cities, or the cities caused the silk road: there is no question that for climate reasons the amount of civilization south of the Black Sea was far greater than north of the Black Sea, for a period of time long before the silk trade is presumed to exist.
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comment Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
That is an excellent example of "the exception that proves the rule" !!
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comment Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
I think this is the answer: the name 'silk road' makes you think that a single trader might run the length of it. If that were so, other routes might be possible. But in reality the silk ran the length, but a given trader only traveled part of it. That means that the silk road had to go from population center to population center. Not just for supplies, but because nobody really traveled the length of the road. This answer makes the most sense.
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asked Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
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answered Historical examples of significant no man's lands between states in perpetual conflict