How is the movement of people, goods, and ideas transforming the world?

This module explores how the movement of people, goods, and ideas have and continue to shape the world. The world has always been an integrated system of places and peoples linked by transportation and travel networks for centuries. A historical example of the ability of "movement" to transform the world is the Silk Road, a trade network that connected Asia, Africa, and Europe beginning in the 1st century and lasted almost three thousand years, largely shaping modern views of religion, science, medicine, and technology through the exchange of information and ideas. 

Mobility has become central to past and current human activities ranging from migration of labor between low-wage to high-wage positions, daily commute to and from work, the movement of raw materials for production, and distribution of goods at local, national, and international levels.  Thus, the importance of mobility is evident in local, regional, and global art, cuisines, economies, languages, and religions to name a few areas influenced through the movement of people, goods, and ideas.

The development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets

An ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean Sea extending approximately 6,440 km (4,000 mi) and linking China with the Roman Empire

The movement, of people and goods, from a productive activity in one location to a productive activity in another location

To make use of meanly or unfairly for one’s own advantage

A fuel source (as coal, oil, or natural gas) found in the Earth from plant or animal remains

Network of roads or streets or any structure that permits the flow of goods and commodities

The depiction of a country as a whole, encompassing its culture, traditions, language, and politics

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