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Considering World Wide Economic Changesin Medieval Times, 500 CE +Part 1Global Glances
Glances:China & its NeighboursNew Players from the SteppesIndia & Points SoutheastAfricaContemplations* Americas in a later lecture
Even 1800 Years Ago, More Complex that Just “Big Players”200 AD
c.1300-1550 : increased contact Africa, Asia, and EuropeNot just trade but also political and religious ideasWater routes plus land routes such as the Silk Road and Trans-Saharan networkKey empires: Ottoman; Songhai; Ming Dynasty; MughalsMovement of ideas, goods and peoples begins reshaping many elements of science, Spread of Trade: “Globalization again?”
Key Economic “Players” to 1500 CE
Compare Contexts 200 CE & 1200 CE
“Power” points in Asia 600 – 900+ CEChina [varying unity under Sui & Tang] – reaches south as far as north edge of modern Vietnam; to northwest faces Mongol Empire [c. 580-900 CE]Islam spreads rapidly new ideas and moreIndia gaining – again religions a factor – Hinduism & Buddhism – power reaching into Southeast AsiaKhmer Empire in Cambodia (c. 800 CE+) a regional factorMaritime empire of Srivijaya (Straits of Malacca) also a playerKorean empire gaining some coherence [650 CE +]Some regionalized structure in Japan (by 700 CE +)
“Power” points in Asia 900 – 1500 CEChina [Song to Jin Empires] – internal gains but somewhat less “reach”; Ming will initially expand role“outside” pressures Mongol Empire & spread of Islam new ideas and moreIndia gaining – again religions a factor – Hinduism & Buddhism – power reaching into Southeast AsiaKhmer Empire in Cambodia (c. 800 CE+) a regional factorMaritime empire of Srivijaya (Straits of Malacca) also a playerKorean empire gaining some coherence [650 CE +)Some stabilizing trends in Japan c. 700 CE; “Kingly” rule & Buddhist gains (800–1180 CE) ; “Warrior” Japan (c. 1180+ CE)
Economic Revolution in China 700 CE – 1200 CEsubstantial gains in productivity support population growth (50 m. in

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