Along with Western missionaries, traders from the West (particularly
from Genoa) began to arrive in the Mongol domains, mostly
in Persia and eventually farther east.
The Mongols were quite receptive to this. This attitude,
which facilitated contacts with West Asia and Europe, contributed
to the beginning of what we could call a "global history,"
or at least a Eurasian history.
The Mongols always favored trade. Their nomadic way of life
caused them to recognize the importance of trade from the
very earliest times and, unlike the Chinese, they had a positive
attitude toward merchants and commerce.
The Confucian Chinese professed to be disdainful of trade
and merchants, whom they perceived to be a parasitical group
that did not produce anything and were involved only in the
exchange of goods. Mongols altered that attitude and in fact
sought to facilitate international trade [also see The
Mongols in China: Life for Merchants under Mongol Rule].
In China, for example, the Mongols increased the amount of
money in circulation and guaranteed the value of that
paper money in precious metals. They also built many roads
though this was only partly to promote trade
these roads were mainly used to facilitate the Mongols' rule