The Srivijaya Empire: trade and culture in the Indian Ocean
- As diverse peoples exchange goods, they also exchange political and cultural practices and beliefs.
- A perfect example of this exchange is the Srivijaya Empire, which controlled modern-day Indonesia and much of the Malay Archipelago from the seventh to twelfth centuries.
- The Srivijaya Empire traded extensively with India and China, incorporating Buddhist and Chinese political practices into their traditions.
- When the Chola Empire from South India raided and took indirect control of the Strait of Malacca in the thirteenth century, the Srivijaya Empire lost influence.