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The world around 1600

The world around 1600

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  1. The world around 1600 Dr. Ashley Eva Millar Department of Historical Studies University of Cape Town

  2. Outline • Snapshot of the world in 1500 • Polycentric world • Globalised world • 1. China’s Ming Dynasty • 2. Songhai Empire (West Africa) • 3. Mughal Dynasty (India) • 4. European societies

  3. www.worldmapper.org

  4. Polycentric world

  5. Globalised world

  6. 1. Ming Dynasty (China)1368-1644 -Sinocentric?

  7. Relatively high standard of living Advanced, commercial economy

  8. Meritocracy Advanced public works

  9. Zheng He (b. 1371- d. 1433)Voyages: 1405 - 1433

  10. Ming porcelain

  11. Ming porcelain cont.

  12. Foot binding

  13. Foot binding cont.

  14. Foot binding cont.

  15. Golden Lotus

  16. 2. Songhai Empire (West Africa)1340-1591

  17. Sonni Ali the Great (reigned 1464-1493)

  18. Askia Muhammad the Great (reigned 1493-1528) Timbuktu

  19. 3. Mughal Empire (India)1526-1858 Akbar (reigned 1556-1605)

  20. TajMahal (built 1632-1653)Shah Jehan I (r. 1627-1658)

  21. 4. European societies

  22. Feudalism (c. 9th – 15th centuries)

  23. The Black Death

  24. Peaked 1348 - 1350

  25. The Renaissance (c. 14th -17th centuries)

  26. Conclusion • World around 1600 was polycentric (many centers of trade, culture, political power) • Early modern world was not stagnant but extremely dynamic • In many ways it was also globalised (trade, disease, ideas, religions – all travelling)