contacts and conflicts the crucible eurasian crisis of the 13th and 14th centuries

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Assignment: PART 1

  1. How did societies around the world contend with their relative isolation between 1000 and 1200? What were the benefits and drawbacks of cultural and economic isolation during this time? How did isolation affect the Norse colony on Greenland and the cultures of North America? What evidence indicates that the civilizations of Mesoamerica influenced cultural developments in the North American Southwest and Cahokia? How did Japan and Europe overcome their isolation and emerge with powerful political, cultural, and economic systems?
  2. How did increased trade across the Indian Ocean affect East Africa during the 11th Century? Why did Ethiopia recover from its “dark age?”
  3. Why have relations between pastoralists and farmers been so hostile for much of history? How did the Islamic world, Christian Europe, and China deal with Steppeland invaders?
  4. What were the effects of the crusades on Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world? Why did the Amoravids and Almohds fail to prevent the expansion of the Christian states in Spain? How did Islam take root in West Africa?

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Assignment: Part 2

  1. Write an essay on the rise and expansion of the Mongol Empire. What impact did Mongol have on the different nations and empires, culture & traditions, economic, and political systems that prevailed during that time? Describe the pioneering and path-breaking legacy that the Mongol empire created? Why did Mongol power weaken in the 14th Century? How did this affect state-building and political power in India, Southeast Asia, and Japan?
  2. What were the long -term effects of climate change and plague that began in the 14th Century? Who were among the long-term winners and losers from the plague? Why did some Europeans blame the Jews for the Black Death? How did the contemporaries grapple with the plague? What were the social and political effects of plague in China, Islamic world and Western Europe?
  3. How did the world recover in the late 14th and 15th Centuries? How did the Russian and Ottoman Empires expand during the 14th and 15th Centuries? Why did China turn away from maritime expansion in the 14th Century? Why was Western Europe motivated to try to expand overseas? What roles did geography and culture play in European expansion overseas?
  4. Write a brief essay on your understanding of medieval European art and science? How does it contribute to the visions of Western society and Western civilization?

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