GEOG 1000 - Lecture 18 - Nov. 16, 2011

GEOG 1000 - Lecture 18 - Nov. 16, 2011 - "ASIA":...

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“ASIA”: Early Global Trade and the Creation of a Region “Asia” as a World Region… or Regions - Broken down into different areas in the textbook - Food was bland in Europe - Spices were very very valuable “Asia” Themes - Creation (and othering) of “Asia” as a world region - Significance of global trade - Significance of natural resources The Spice Trade - Arab traders - Arab traders begin to bring things like pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger etc. from Asia - Dangerous enterprise - Pirates - Arab traders begin to bring spices to Europe because of the immense amount of profits - Over exaggerate the danger to Europeans - Able to charge high prices because of this - Thousands of years old - “The East” is very important to this trade - Emergence of an idea of the east or the orient as mystical, exotic and dangerous - Spices are a natural resource - Europeans relationship with Asia is indirect - In the 1200s European explorers like Marco Polo begin to travel East - Marco Polo is lured by the spice trade
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GEOG 1000 - Lecture 18 - Nov. 16, 2011 - "ASIA":...

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