That connected ancient civilizations across Asia, North Africa and Europe. These routes aided in establishing early global commerce, as well as the dissemination of culture, knowledge and technology. Prior to the formation of these routes, the varied and often harsh geography of early China resulted in an isolated, economically challenged and largely nomadic civilization. These treacherous deserts and mountains kept early China isolated from Western civilizations. Socioeconomic Impact, prior to the establishment of the Silk Road, the flourishing eastern regions were more densely populated and economically successful than the harsh western regions. She's written scripts for film/television productions and worked as the senior writer at a video game company. Photo Credits, digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images. Economic and Cultural Isolation, with deserts and mountains in the west that were mostly impassible due to the limited long-range transportation options available, early China's civilizations were unaware that European civilizations existed prior to the development of the Silk Road. In this way, geography kept early China culturally and economically isolated from the rest the world. However, ancient Chinese civilizations were exposed to the sheep and cattle herders inhabiting the grasslands in the northwest, and the fishing cultures along the southeast coasts.
In contrast, those that inhabited the grasslands, forests and river basins in Chinas eastern regions were able to establish more permanent settlements, which became the hubs of development for the countrys ancient civilizations.