Christianity - The existence of contact between ancient...

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The existence of contact between ancient regional civilizations helped to forge a Classical World System in Afro-Eurasia. The World System developed because of the interactions between the major civilizations, China, India, Africa, and Europe. These interactions formed powerful civilizations out of weak civilizations that may not have developed because of isolation or lack of resources. Politics, Resources, and inventions were all shared throughout the civilizations making Afro-Eurasia a World System. Firstly, shared politics and political ides were apparent. For example: Documents A, C, and D have very similar motives. In both, the king/emperor/emperor of India/Han Dynasty/Wu-ti wished to make befriend a neighboring ruler. This is common in many areas of politics through out Afro-Eurasia. In the case of the Han Emperor, Document B, and Emperor Wu-ti, they also sent gifts to the ruler they wished to befriend. The idea of sending gift to neighing rulers is also common throughout Afro-Eurasia, which means that some degree of contact was taking place because the gifts pleased the neighboring ruler. Document B is a valid source because that was the number of gifts sent over. Document A, C, and D also seem valid because of the ways they are written; letter, geographer, and history book. Another aspect that seems to be common is the importance that religion plays in political affairs. Trade also made Afro-Eurasia a World System because it connected many different cultures together. Exotic traditions, foods, and religions moved around Afro-Eurasia along many paths, for example the Silk Road. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, Document E, explains to other sailors of the many trading stops and what they supply there, and what the sailors could trade at specific locations. Items obtained from trade were often important to the furthering of technologies and the population as a whole. Nations with a specific item could make a lot of money on that item because it was not found elsewhere. Document F is a great example because it states that their olives only occur in India. Dress was also important and many different ways of dressing occurred. In some cases, Document G, some people wore whatever dress they felt like wearing and ignored the public opinion. Document L also deals with trade to various places including again what to trade and what the place offers. Finally, religions connected Afro-Eurasian and made it a world system. While Afro-Eurasia as a whole did not share one single religion, the people moved religions around and mingled with other religions. The Crusades are a perfect example of Christians moving into Muslim territory and bringing their religion. Another example would be the Japanese taking the Chinese religion, Confucianism, and attempting to incorporate it into their society. However, this also lead to hatred and misinformation about certain religions. In Document K, the merchantmen wanted to kick the Buddhist monk out of their party because of the bad luck they were having. In the end they did not kick the monk out, but that situations
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2011 for the course HIST 123 taught by Professor Mr.shmit during the Spring '11 term at St. Vincent.

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