Hum Hist 2 ho 2

Hum Hist 2 ho 2 - Human History Week 1, lecture 2 New...

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Human History Week 1, lecture 2 New empires 4/1/10 Europeans in the Indian Ocean Since end of Ice Age, western Europe’s location (far from centers of domestication and first cities, states, and empires) has been great disadvantage; but intercontinental ships suddenly make being stuck on edge of Atlantic a huge plus West Europeans are best placed to exploit open oceans Opening of Indian and Atlantic Oceans have very different consequences In Indian Ocean, Europeans enter much more sophisticated world Europeans lucky to show up around 1500, after end of Zheng He’s voyages Chinese emperor bans long-distance voyages in 1424; by late 1430s, fleet rotting Attempt to revive long-distance voyages in 1477 thwarted by civil servants Story that Liu Daxia, ringleader of anti-maritime faction, tells Minister of War: The voyages of [Zheng] to the Western Ocean wasted millions in money and grain, and moreover the people who met their deaths may be counted in the tens of thousands . .. This was merely an action of bad government of which ministers should severely disapprove. Even if the old archives were still preserved they should be
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2010 for the course IHUM 69 taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '10 term at Stanford.

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