Chapter : 1. The Making of a Global World

The Pre-Modern World

(i) Travellers, traders, priests and pilgrims travelled vast distances in search of knowledge, opportunity, spiritual fulfillment or to escape persecution. They carried articles, values and skills, even including diseases.
(ii) The Harappan people used coastal regions for sea trade as early as 3000 B.C. They traded with Mesopotamia and for centuries, cowries or seashells from the Maldives were used as form of currency between China and East Africa.
(iii) India's global link was firmly established by the thirteenth century.

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