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  1. World Circa 1300

  2. Circa 1300 • Population Decline and growth • Black Plague (@1348) • Feudalism in Japan (Kamakura) and Europe • Yuan dynasty in China, Kievan Rus under Mongol rule • Rise of the Inca and Aztec empires • Mali at its height

  3. Circa 1300 • Delhi Sultanate in South Asia – rise of Islam, decline of Buddhism, competing power bases. • Founding of Ottoman dynasty (1281) • Continued decline of Byzantium • Trade circuits in Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, South China Sea, Trans-Saharan and across the Eurasian steppe.

  4. Think about it… • Predict what trends will change and which will stay the same. • As the world continues to become more integrated circa 1300, predict which societies are in the best position to take advantage of new technologies and new discoveries. Think about virgin soils, location and luck.

  5. Americas 1300-1800 • Rise of Incas • Continued rise of Aztecs • Conquest – arrival of Spanish in western hemisphere • Population impacts: disease, racial intermingling, war • Columbian exchange • Colonial societies

  6. Inca Empire 1438-1525 • Also known as Twantinsuyu • Highly centralized government • Diverse ethnic groups • Extensive irrigation • State religion/ancestor cult • Architectural achievements

  7. Inca Empire • Rope suspension bridges • Metallurgy – copper and bronze • No use of wheel • Capac Nan = roads allowed for tax, labor, and courier system • Quipu = knotted ropes used for counting

  8. Incan Achievements

  9. Aztec Empire 1325-1520 Tenochtitlan “Foundation of Heaven” By 1519, Metropolis of 150,000-five square miles Island location Tribute empire based on agriculture

  10. Aztecs • Chinampas – agriculture • State control of market – redistributes all goods

  11. Changes in Trade, Technology and Global Interactions • Exploration • Gold, Glory and God? • Empire Building • Cartography • Commodities

  12. Commodities • African slave trade Notice the primary destinations

  13. Commodities: Sugar, Silver and Slaves

  14. Commodities • Coffee beans used first in Yemen and then later in Europe and the Americas • European using chocolate technology from the Aztecs 17th Century

  15. Fur Trade – French British, Native Peoples, Russians

  16. Empires: Russia • Mongol occupation stalled Russian unification and development • Increasing absolutist rule and territorial expansion by 16th Century – Ivan the Terrible • Role of Russian Orthodox Church • Peter the Great accelerated westernization process

  17. Cartographic Changes

  18. Age of Exploration • European exploration Why then? Why? Who and where? • End of Ming Treasure / Tribute Voyages Zheng He

  19. Empire Building • How do empires rise and expand? • What factors at this time will help empires maintain themselves and expand their borders? • Consider the impact and nature of interaction with others…

  20. Empires: Ottoman 1281-1914 • 1350’s – Initial Ottoman Invasion of Europe • 1453 – Ottoman capture of Constantinople • 1683 – Ottoman siege of Vienna

  21. Empires: Ming China 1368-1644Manchu Qing Dynasty 1644 - 1912

  22. Empires: Japan

  23. Empires: Tokugawa Japan1600 - 1853 • Taika, Nara and Heina periods (645-857) – height of cultural borrowing from China -Tale of Genji – Lady Murasaki • Emergence of warrior class and increasing civil wars • Encounter with Portuguese 1543 • “Isolation” from West; rise of Tokugawas • Tokugawa elite followed development in west (contrast to China’s hairy barbarian mentality)

  24. Empires: Mughal India 1556-1739 • Empire based on military strength • Akbar – attempt to combine beliefs into new religion to unite Hindu and Muslim subjects: Din-I-Ilahi • Indian textile trade – value to Europeans • Patronage to the arts Shah Jahan

  25. Empires: Safavid Persia@ 1334-1722

  26. Empires: England • Limited Monarchy and the emergence of Constitutional Monarchy • Civil Wars: Commonwealth-Charles II – James II and the Glorious Revolution – Bill of Rights • Enlightenment Ideas • Colonies in Americas

  27. Empires: France • Absolute Monarchy King Louis XIV “ I am the State” Versailles • Mercantilism • Territorial expansion in Europe and fur-trading colonies in Saint Domingue (Haiti) and New France (Quebec)

  28. Empires: Dutch • Dutch East India Company – “universal carriers” In 1660, employed 12,000 people and had 257 ships. Sought monopolies and large profits. • North America (fur trade along the Hudson river, New Amsterdam) • Caribbean islands for plantation settlements • Capetown South Africa • Southeast Asia – spice trade (nutmeg in Banda islands, cloves in Melaka and pepper in Banten)

  29. Empires: Spain • Reconquista ended with the fall of Granada • Inquisition • Columbus’ voyage • Arrival of Cortez in Mexico and Pizarro in Peru • Took over existing tributary empires: labor (mita), silver, gold, and foodstuffs • Demographic impact: disease, death, and mestizos

  30. Spain

  31. Empires: Portugal • Search for Maritime route to Asia • Advanced naval technology: caravels, carracks, astrolabe and compass • Established fortresses along the Gold Coast – sugar plantations and African slave labor • Indian Ocean trade and Da Gama: Malindi, Sofala and Kilwa, Calicut and Goa, and later Macao • Atlantic trade with conquest of Brazil – sugar plantation

  32. Portugal

  33. Brazil: Plantation colony • Portuguese due to Treaty of Tordesillas 1494 • African slave labor used to support the plantation complex (sugar) • Largest producer of sugar in world first half of 17th C.

  34. Empires: African • Characteristics of: Stateless societies - organized around kinship, often larger than states, forms of government Large centralized states – increased unity came from linguistic base – Bantu, Christianity and Islam, as well as indigenous beliefs Trade – markets, international commerce, taxed trade of unprocessed goods.

  35. African Empires • Oyo • Benin • Kongo • Asante

  36. Empires: Songhai • Initially farmers, herders, and fishers • Foreign merchant community in Goa (gold) • Powerful cavalry forces, expansive empire • Fusion of Islamic and indigenous traditions

  37. Changing Beliefs • Reformation: shift from Catholicism (for some) to Protestantism • Neo-Confucianism • Missionaries: Christianity, Islam, Buddhism

  38. Missionaries: Jesuits <>

  39. Cultural and Intellectual Development • Scientific Revolution • Enlightenment • Patronage of the Arts

  40. Demographic and Environmental Changes • Predict what the consequences of increased integration and empire building be on population? On the environment? Think long and short term.

  41. Comparisons Be able to compare the following: • Imperial systems: European monarchy vs. a land-based Asian empire • Coercive labor systems • Empire building in Asia, Africa and Europe • Russia’s interaction with the west compared to others

  42. Conclusions • What are the major themes that seem apparent? • What global processes are in action? • Suggest the best possible ways to learn case studies of these global forces.