wh1 - reading/project ideas

1. China
  • Geography
  • Sources of unity: PPT
    • mandate of heaven (foldable)
    • timeline
  • Beliefs
    • Buddhism
    • Confucianism
    • Taoism
  • Song - commercial expansion
  • Mongols
  • Spread of inventions (paper, printing, gunpowder, compass)
  • Relations to non-Chinese
    • reaching out (Tang, Song, Zheng-He)
    • retreating (Ming)

textbook: Chinese Empires; Religion in China; China Unites
readings from Callope: Grand Canal, Confucianism
projects: develop symbols of dynasties - qin, han, tang, song, ming - at center of organizer (economic, cultural, and political) . create a t-shirt
- learn about a product - porcelain, silk, paper, gunpowder, tea ... tell autobiography...OR "things they carried" - include Buddhism etc.

2. Europe from Rome to the Black Death
  • Legacy of Rome
  • Sources of unity: faith, rome, not geography or trade; church and state in competition
  • Sources of disunity - competitive states, geography
  • East: Byzantine (culture, trade, culture vs. state)
  • West: Papacy (power of; church vs. state, monasteries)
  • South: Mediterranean
  • North: Less developed, farming, slow to become Christian
  • Carolingian empire: Unity
  • After Charles: division (sons, states, Vikings)
  • North and West: Feudalism and manorialism
  • Crusades -
  • Plague - a pan-European thing

reading: Luttrell Village; Plague (Out of the East)
ideas: which is the worst of the 7 deadly sins

3. Islam
  • Geography of Arabian peninsula
  • Sources of unity: religion, government (Caliphate - empires), language, trade
  • Beliefs before and after Muhammad (foldable)
  • Expansion
  • Role of Koran
  • Trade Routes
  • Islam in Africa and Asia (comp: Mali, Spain, India, Ottoman as consolidator)

reading: Cordoba, Jewel of the World
projects: Travel poster for an Islamic empire; or, map Ibn Battuta's voyage (google earth); map Ibn Battuta

4. Russia
  • Geography (open borders, landlocked, no warmwater port, cold)
  • Sources of unity: strong government, period; religion (under government);
  • Chronology
    • Founded by Vikings
    • Orthdox, then successor to Constantinople
    • Threats from Mongols, Swedes
    • Development of strong central government (from Ivan to Catherine)

reading: Catherine the Great

5. Aztecs & Incas
  • Geography
  • Features
  • Comparison
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Response to explorations (death; new types of work; new beliefs; loss of power)

reading: Pizarro

6. Changes in Europe
  • Four changes
    • Expansion of Ottoman empire blocks trade routes
    • Church divides
    • People discover he "World"
  • Spain and Britain/Netherlands compared
    • Religion
    • Navy
    • Where and why they explored
    • Types of government
    • Role of France and Netherlands

reading: Calliope issue on VOC, EIC

7. Conflicts between empires
  • 1500s: Spain vs. Britain (1588)
  • 1700s: France vs. England over sugar, India, Europe, and North America
  • Seven Years War and its consequences

reading: book on Seven Years War
project: Trade goods (tea, sugar, chocolate, cinnamon) - cooking; pirates (Schoolhistory)

8. Revolutions change empires
  • English response to financial crisis
  • American revolution (project: compare revolutions: interview leaders about beliefs, goals, and resources)
  • French response to financial crisis
  • French Revolution
  • Spread of Revolution to South America
  • The British Empire, global trade, and the Industrial Revolution