Remittances Review

ISSN:2059-6588 | e-ISSN: 2059-6596

ISSN:2059-6588 | e-ISSN: 2059-6596

"The Economic Hegemony of the Indus Valley Civilization: A Historical Analysis of Trade Networks and Urban Planning"

Chaman Hussain, Dr. Bashir Ahmad, Dr. Syed Shameel Ahmed Quadri
Indus Valley Civilization, Economic hegemony, Trade networks, Urban planning, Decline. ,


One of the earliest urban civilizations in history, the Indus Valley Civilization has long fascinated academics mysterious history. Its economic strength has been revealed through fresh archaeological findings and scholarly reevaluations. Traditionally, it has been depicted as a passive participant in ancient trading networks. To support the claim that the Indus Valley Civilization possessed considerable economic hegemony in antiquity, this research analyses the trade networks and urban design of the civilization historically.

It is a myth that the Indus Valley Civilization was passive in shaping and controlling regional commerce networks; instead, it actively used advanced urban planning techniques to concentrate economic dominance. This research reveals the economic terrain of the civilization by carefully examining archaeological data, including trading products and urban architecture.

The Indus Valley Civilization relied heavily on trade networks to facilitate the interchange of goods over great distances. By analyzing artefacts like seals, standardized weights, and luxury goods, we can learn about the civilization's involvement in marine and interregional trade. The civilization was positioned as a major participant in ancient trade thanks to these networks, which stretched from Mesopotamia to Central Asia and the Arabian Gulf.

Cities like Mohenjo-Daro and Harappa were important hubs for trade in addition to being architectural wonders. The layout and infrastructure of this civilization demonstrated its organizational expertise by making production, storage, and administrative tasks easier. Systems for managing water resources improved urban sustainability even more, allowing for long-term economic expansion.

Trade networks and urbanization led to economic prosperity, which had significant social ramifications. The emergence of social stratification was fueled by differences in affluence and access to upscale products. However, trade also promoted diversity and cross-cultural exchange inside the civilization, strengthening its social fabric.

Environmental causes and trade network interruptions were among the challenges that led to the civilization's downfall. However, the economic predominance of the civilization persisted for millennia, leaving a profound mark on succeeding nations.

Ultimately, this study provides a comprehensive comprehension of the economic dynamics of the Indus Valley Civilization, emphasizing the pivotal function that trade networks and urban planning had in molding its economic hegemony. We can learn a great deal about ancient economic systems and their long-lasting influence on human history by critically analyzing conventional myths.