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Mediterranean World - Effects of the Greek Colonisation Movement

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Analyse the EFFECTS of the Greek Colonisation Movement in the 8th and 5th century B.C in the Mediterranean world. Topic sentence, elaborate, evidence and link

The Greek Colonisation Movement, from the 9th to the 6th century B.C, had a significant effect on the western Mediterranean as the Greeks left a lasting impact of their, seafaring, dominance over the Mediterranean, spreading their cultural ideals, and influence, to cultures throughout the Mediterranean.

Due to the political and social discontent spread throughout Greece, lead to substantial Greek colonisation throughout the Mediterranean. In Greece, the population were writhed in much political discontent which leads to unsuitable living conditions throughout the Greek lands. But because of politics, also happening to be the upper class in the social hierarchy, also the rich gaining commission of all surrounding lands, the lower classes were unable to keep their lands, let alone pay for it but also the lands of Greece were unsuitable in which to develop farming provided farmers with no opportunity in which to develop an economy of agricultural. Therefore this lead to the Greeks colonizing the surrounding lands throughout the Mediterranean.

By forming a thalassocracy, the Greeks settled in a number of settlements providing them with numerous trade routes. Throughout the Mediterranean the Greeks began to control and maintain numerous trade routes such an exemplary matter was the waterways of Hellespont and Bosphorus, which greatly increased their trade and their control of the waterways as a whole. By controlling so many waterways the Greeks gained numerous products and building materials, 'the Greeks maintained ship building with trade...'.

By colonising surrounding countries in the surrounding Mediterranean, the Greeks were able to well spread their Economic status throughout the Mediterranean. By time the Greeks had moved on from the motherland and into new colonies, the Greeks had formed socially-economical trade systems with surrounding countries and city states, spreading their economic and cultural status. Such an example could be displayed as the Greeks traded with the Scythians, though 'little Cultural values were exchanged' (The Dorians and the era of migration).

Through colonising on the coast, the Greeks became seafaring traders, claiming short term trade routes and rivalries. Through trade cultural exchanges were made from the Greeks to a number of other cultures, specifically the Egyptians. Being a seafaring nation, the Greeks expanded greatly from Southern Italy to Northern Africa. By settling in Northern Africa, in Cyrene, the Greeks traded numerously with the Egyptian population, especially during the reign of King Amasis. By setting up trading post within Egypt reflected the Greeks willingness to institute their economic system with the Egyptians. An example of this is the Greek to Egyptian coinage exchange and evidence



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