1- What are the common trends that we observe in different parts of the world during the “Classical Period”? Can we include the Americas in the same picture? 2- What similarities and differences do you see between Persian, Chinese and Indian societies during the ‘Classical Period’? What are the major political transformations? 3-Why is the economic, cultural and political integration so crucial for the emergence & development of classical civilizations according to Stearns? 4- In what ways did Bronze Age kingdoms differ from Iron Age empires? What factors caused the changes? Were there any similarities? How do the characteristics of iron affect food production and the way people fight? 6- What are the main characteristics defining the economic essence of pastoral nomadism according to Khazanov? 7-Do you agree that pastoral nomadism is economically dependent on the outside world
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