By R. Abazov
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Eventually the many fragmented trade routes expanded far enough to connect the major trading centers in China, Central Asia, Persia, Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. C. During this period the rulers of the Han Dynasty (ca. ) discovered commercially viable routes to Central Asia, Persia and Europe. Geographical and climatic considerations imposed significant limitations on the direction of the trade routes. The high and inhospitable mountains of the Tian Shan, Pamirs and Himalayas created serious obstacles for trade between the richest and most advanced ancient civilizations of China, Persia and the Mediterranean.
The political situation in Central Asia, along with its economic development, on the eve of Alexander’s invasion contributed significantly to his success. The Persian Achaemenian empire had controlled the Central Asian states in one way or another for about 200 years. By the mid-fourth century this control was already significantly weakened. The centralized Persian Empire had been considerably undermined by internal strife, excessive expenditures on the royal family’s lavish court life, public constructions and numerous military campaigns that siphoned revenues from a shrinking state budget.
In this environment Bumin defeated the Jou-Jan, the Uigurs and Oghuzs, and in 552 declared himself Il-Khaghan (King of Kings), but unexpectedly died. Remarkably, his successors—his son Mughan Khaghan (ruled 553–572) and his brother Istemi (ruled 552–575)—swiftly consolidated joint power in their hands. Mughan Khaghan became supreme khaghan, controlling the territory of the Turkic heartland in the east, while Istemi became ruler of the western parts of the empire roughly congruent with the territory of Central Asia.