Prof. Doug Weiner
The final exam is worth 220 points out of 1000, or 22% of the overall grade. The questions are designed to provoke you to think broadly about the entire course and to link individual facts or developments into larger patterns. Each of the four essays will be worth 55 points (25% of the final exam grade). You should write 2 to 2.5 pages per essay. As always, use 12-point type fonts and double spacing. Each essay should use citations in your responses to the questions. If you wish to cite a lecture, use the date of the class. For powerpoints, use the title and slide number, for example, PPT “Neolithic Revolution,” slide 32.
What were the legacies of the Mongols? Think broadly on this one. Give three good examples
Atlantic Europe, and not China, India, or Muslim states were the ones to first encounter the Americas. Explain how Atlantic Europe was the beneficiary of a long chain of happy historical accidents and of inventions (mainly from China, India and the Muslim world) in its “discovery” of the new world.
This question is about the historical relationships between religions and philosophical belief systems – on the one hand – and the state – on the other. How have religions or philosophies supported the existing state and how have they tried to limits its power. Discuss Latin (Roman Catholic) Christianity, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, and Confucian philosophy.
What strategies and techniques have empires used to rule over their extended territories and subjects? Compare and contrast three (3).