Project #69249 - Hist 101 world history

*5 page essay

 

 

  Each essay question   

1 to 2 paragraphs each 

  1. How was the Islamic world influenced by its contact with the older Greek, Persian, and Indian societies? How did Islam influence these societies?  (Lecture notes, documentary movie, and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 14)

 

  1. In what ways did Byzantium carry on the legacy of Rome?  What was Justinian's dream?  In what ways was Byzantium different than Rome?  (Lecture notes and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 16)

 

  1. Definition and historical significance of feudalism as a system for creating political order and stability in Europe.  Contrasts between a feudal system and centralized kingdoms such as the Byzantine and Abbasid empires.  (Lecture notes and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 16)

 

  1. Examine the rise of monasticism.  What role did monasteries play in early medieval Europe?  How important were St. Benedict and St. Scholastica to the formation of monasticism?  Also explain what role Christianity played to unify the diverse population of Western Europe.  (Lecture  notes, critical thinking question, and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 16)

 

  1. Examine the growth of towns/cities and trade during the High Middle Ages. How did these cities managed to organize and rule themselves politically? How did this transformation affect the social structure both inside and outside the cities?  (Lecture notes and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 19)

 

  1. Examine the technological innovations of the Tang and Song periods.  How did these innovations change the shape of world history?  (Documentary movie,

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8Gw39_QADk&list=PL926B077EBB8401AA&index=1)

 

,  lecture notes, and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 13)

 

 

 

  1. The long-term effects of the Mongol conquests, both negative and positive aspects.  Understand also the significance of the Pax-Mongolica (Mongol Peace) in world history.  (Lecture notes, documentary movie, and Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 17)

 

  1. Cosmopolitan Islamic civilization in the Middle Ages as illustrated by the traveling career of Abu Abdullah Ibn Battuta.

 In reviewing The Adventures of Ibn Battuta, think about the following issues:

 

a)     How did Islamic civilization become so widespread in the Middle Ages, reaching from one end of the Intercommunicating zone to the other?

 

b)    What made Islam a unified civilization, even though it included, as Christianity did, people of many different languages and cultures?

 

c)     Why was it relatively easy for him to travel such long distances in the 14th century and do so in relative safety?

 

d)    What was the relationship between Ibn Battuta's class status, education, or reputation and the kinds of experiences he had in India, the Maldives, and West Africa?

 

 

 

  1. The origins and spread of the Black Death (plague.)  You should be able to visualize where the plague probably started and the major "routes" of its spread.  Learn also the social and economic consequences of the Black Death in Eurasia.  (Class notes, Bentley & Ziegler Chapter 21, and Dunn’s chapter 12.)

 

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