6 Hist Lecture

6 Hist Lecture - History Lecture 2/6 2/6/2008 9:02:00 AM...

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History Lecture 2/6 06/02/2008 12:02:00 Eastern Hemisphere in 1450 What were the most significant historical changes from 1000 to 1450? o Increasing contact between the East and West o Economic and Cultural integration Crusades fueled Europeans’ desire for foreign technology,  luxuries, crops Economic growth, dynamic market economies in Eurasian  extremities – China and Europe – stimulated long-distance  commerce Pax Mongolica made possible the emergence of a true  Eurasian-wide trade zone. Compass-using Muslim and Chinese mariners learned to  navigate the monsoon-ridden Indian Ocean Revolved around the Eurasian trade axis Key centers: Italy, Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo Not all integration was positive Black Death spread along trade routes Mid 1400s, the most powerful empire was the Islamic empire, in  terms of territorial control. Closest rival was Europe. How the balance of power changed among centers and between centers and  peripheries? How cross-cultural encounters changed regional traditions? Islamic World: Tradition and Change, Fragmentation and Expansion Key theme of Islamic world after year 1000, what made Islamic world 
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