Regional and Inter-regional Interactions c. 600 C.E. to c. 1450: The Post-Classical Era
Post-Classical KC 1: Expansion and Intensification of Communication and Exchange Networks. A deepening and widening of networks of human interaction within and across regions contributed to cultural, technological, and biological diffusion within and between various societies.
- APWH CB Lessons on the Indian Ocean Zone of Interaction.
- Trading world of the Indian Ocean basin, c. 600-1600 – Bentley pg. 415
- Crash Course: Int’l Commerce in the Indian Ocean Basin.
- Christopher Beckwith: Northern Asia’s Encounters with the Silk Road
- Stewart Gordon: Xuanzang’s Overland Travels in the Early 600’s
- Stewart Gordon: Pepper and Partnerships of a Jewish Trader in the early 1100’s
- Franciscan priest Monte Corvino: Report from China in 1305
- Selections on the Black Death of the 14th Century
- Mark Wheels: Biological Warfare at the 1346 Siege of Caffa
- Map: Mongol empire and the travels of Marco Polo & Ibn Battuta. Bentley pgs. 568-9
- Selections From Travels to Sub-Saharan Africa – use Ibn Battuta only…
- Early and later states of southeast Asia, c. 100 – 1520. Bentley pgs. 424-5
- 15th century Chinese and European voyages of exploration. Bentley pgs. 588-9
- Frank Viviano: China’s Great Armada – six hundred years ago China’s Admiral Zheng He led a mighty fleet on the first of seven voyages that reshaped an empire.
- Zheng He’s Inscriptions of Naval Expeditions. Read with Ma Huan’s Descriptions of Voyaging with Zheng He.
- Wind and current patterns in the world’s oceans. Bentley pgs. 602-3
- New York Public Library: The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean.
Classical and Post-Classical Era Document-Based Questions (DBQs):
- State and Religious Responses to Wealth Accumulation in the Classical and Post-Classical Era. Scoring Guidelines (pages 11-16 only) are available only thru Mr. Cameron; student samples of this DBQ are available only thru Mr. Cameron.
- Causes of increased inter-regional trade and exchange throughout Afroeurasia.
- Inter-Regional Interactions in the Indian Ocean Influencing Culture.
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Post-Classical KC 2: Continuity and Innovation of State Forms and Their Interactions. State formation and development demonstrated continuity, innovation, and diversity in various regions.
- Crash Course: The Dark Ages… How Dark Were They, Really?
- Post-Classical Asia:
- The Sui and Tang Dynasties, 589 – 907 – Bentley pg. 377
- The Song Dynasty in China, 960 – 1279. Bentley pg. 383
- DBQ: Economic Growth as a Function of Chinese State Policies.
- SAQ on Imperial China and Central Asian nomads.
- Readings on the Extent of the Mongolian Empire. Then read An inquiry into what stopped the Mongols from conquering Europe.
- The Mongol empires in Eurasia c. 1300. Bentley pg. 470
- SAQ on The Mongols.
- Crash Course: Wait For It… The Mongols!
- Post-Classical Mediterranean and Arabian Basins:
- The expansion of Islam, 632 – 733. Bentley pg. 354
- Tamim Ansary. Destiny Disrupted. “Empire of the Umayyads” 661-737 CE
- ibid. “The Abbasid Age” 737-961 CE
- Crash Course: Islam, The Quran, and the Five Pillars.
- Successor states to the Roman empire, c. 600 – Bentley pg. 435
- The Byzantine Empire and its neighbors, c. 1100 – Bentley pg. 337
- The Turkish empires and their neighbors, c. 1210 – Bentley pg. 466
- Post-Classical Middle East & India:
- Tamerlane’s empire in the Middle East c. 1405 – Bentley pg. 477
- Major states of postclassical India, 600 – 1600 – Bentley pg. 407
- DBQ: Post-Classical Muslim Cities
- Post-Classical Sub-Saharan Africa:
- Sub-sahara African states, c. 800 – 1500 – Bentley pg. 489
- J.H. Goodwin: The Medieval Empire of Ghana
- Terry Elkiss: Kilwa Kisiwani & the Rise of the E. African City State
- DBQ: Post-Classical Sub-Saharan African Achievements
- Crash Course: Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa
- Short Answer Questions: Mansa Musa’s Hajj; Ibn Battuta’s Travels; Islam’s Influence on African Culture and Economics.
- Beginning with the Vikings in the western European isles…
- The Carolingian empire, 814. Bentley pg. 439
- The dissolution of the Carolingian empire, 843. Bentley pg. 442
- Regional states of medieval Europe, c. 1000 – 1300. Bentley pg. 511
- Medieval expansion of Europe, c. 1000 – 1250. Bentley pg. 530
- Excerpts from the Magna Carta of 1215.
- Peter Charanis: Factors in the Decline of the Byzantine Empire – “500 years later…”
- Crash Course: The Crusades – Pilgrimage or Holy War?
- Post-Classical Mesoamerica:
- Toltec and Aztec empires, 950 – 1520 – Bentley pg. 543
- The Inca empire, 1471 – 1532 – Bentley pg. 551
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Post-Classical KC 3: Increased Economic Productive Capacity and its Consequences. Changes in trade networks resulted from and stimulated increasing productive capacity, with important implications for social and gender structures and environmental processes.
- Samuel Cohn, “After the Black Death: Labour, Legislation and Attitudes towards Labour in late-medieval Western Europe” (2007)
- Ralph Turner: Economic Discontent in Medieval Europe.
- Chris Butler: The Impact of the Black Death.
- Gideon Sjoberg: The Preindustrial City.
- ‘The Chronicler’ of 14th Century Ethiopia on Muslim-Christian Relations.
- DBQ: Christian and Muslim views of merchants in the Classical and Post-Classical eras
- DBQ: Social roles as a function of Gender in the Middle Ages
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Freeman-Pedia’s page on the Post-Classical era is great for review!
…Bentley Textbook Chapter Outlines…
Just as we do with our unit-by-unit SECSE Maps (on the “Geography!” page of the website), it will be important that we annotate and color-code our chapter notes.
- Ch 13 Byzantium
- Ch 14 Rise of Islam
- Ch 15 The Resurgence of Empire in East Asia
- Ch 16 India & the Indian Ocean
- Chs 17 & 20 Medieval Europe
- Ch 19 States & Societies of sub-Saharan & Swahili Africa
- Ch 21 Americas & Oceania
- Ch 22 Cross-Cultural Interactions