Global 1 Reading Notes (1)

Global 1 Reading Notes (1) - Tomika Levi Friday 8am. Global...

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Tomika Levi Friday 8am. Global Studies 1: Marshall G. S. Hodgson, In the Center of the Map” This chapter discussed how geographic placement on maps plays a part in the hierarchy amongst countries. Countries that place themselves in the center of the map is a way to show “ones people in the center of history” or their immense power and wealth. From the reading it seems to be a common phenomenon. The Chinese thought that they were the Middle Kingdom; the Muslims believed Mecca was the center of the earth, and Western Europeans allowed Jerusalem to be the center. By any means they would distort the maps to place theirs in the center. If it meant splitting two countries or exaggerating the length of oceans to make countries appear centered it was done. Course Reader: William H. McNeill, “A Short History of Humanity” This text talks about the convergence of language over time. There was a shift from dance and signaling as a form of communication to verbal speech. As time passed language has been able to be transported through messages by caravanning and seafaring. These messages helped connect people all around the world. As caravanning became more capacious larger things were
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