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The World: 600 -1450. Expanding Communities. Demographic and Environmental Changes. Nomadic Migrations Vikings Turks Aztecs Mongols Arabs Predict the impact of these movements. Demographic and Environmental Changes. Migration of Agricultural Peoples Bantu migrations

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the world 600 1450

The World: 600 -1450

Expanding Communities

demographic and environmental changes
Demographic and Environmental Changes
  • Nomadic Migrations






Predict the impact of these movements.

demographic and environmental changes1
Demographic and Environmental Changes
  • Migration of Agricultural Peoples

Bantu migrations

Europeans to Eastern and Central Europe

  • Consequences of Disease

For ex. Black Plague 1348

  • Growth and Role of Cities


How much of this demonstrates continuity?

inter regional networks and contacts
Mediterranean trade circuit

Silk Routes


Trans-Saharan Trade

Trans-American circuits

Religious connections: missionaries, inter-religious contact

Impact of Mongols

Inter-regional networks and Contacts
china internal and external expansion
China: Internal and External Expansion
  • Tang Dynasty

Technological innovations: compass, paper, gunpowder etc.

Influence on Japan

Footbinding, Neo-Confucianism

  • Song Dynasty

All the makings of an industrial revolution

  • Early Ming

Zheng He voyages, eunochs and nomadic threats

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Islamic World: Dar al-Islam
  • Expanding cultural, economic and political influence

Al-Andalus/ Islamic Spain

North and West Africa

Indian Ocean: East Africa, India, SE Asia

  • Technological accomplishments: astrolabe, algebra, philosophy, cartography…
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Islamic World: Sample Comparisons
  • Compare Islam to Christianity
  • Compare Islamic contacts with Europe and with Africa
  • Crusades- points of view compared
  • Compare gender changes
  • Compare support/ patronage of arts and sciences
  • Break in eastern and Western Christendom: political significance?
  • Religious schisms compared:

Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholicism

Mahayana and Theravada Buddhism

Sunni/ Shiite in Islam

  • Restructuring of institutions

Role of religion: Papacy, Crusades, architecture and education

Development of feudalism

Comparison of feudalism in Europe and Japan

Increasing importance of monarchy over church

amer indian world
Amer-Indian World
  • Migrations over the Bering Strait at least 10,000 years ago.
  • Northern America: Cahokia
  • Southwest: Hohokam
  • Meso-America; Olmecs, Maya, Toltec (Aztec)
  • South America: Nazca, Moche, (Inca)
sub saharan africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
  • West African kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, Songhay
  • East African city states: Axum, Kilwa, Mombasa
  • Southern Africa: Great Zimbabwe
  • Contacts with Islamic World, Indian Ocean world, and within Africa
  • Role of Trade, Education and Religion
questions we will focus on
Questions we will focus on:
  • Was there a world economic network in this time period?
  • How did gender roles change?
  • How can material culture and urban history help us to understand early societies?
  • Examples of continuity?
  • Examples of change?

Think about new and old players.

Similar patterns and trends: demographic, social and cultural, technological.

New avenues of intersection.